Submitted by: Ecodesk
Posted: May 31, 2013 – 09:04 AM EST
LONDON, May 31 /CSRwire/ - One of the UK’s leading property management and development groups Places for People has joined forces with sustainability open data platform Ecodesk, to map its supply chain’s sustainability data. The deal is part of a wider initiative to ensure efficiencies are exploited from the building stage to people placement and from procurement to building management, in the face of increased funding challenges.
Places for People believes that as a social organisation, it has a great responsibility to ensure it fulfils its duties in the areas of sustainable development and neighbourhood management so that its services have the highest possible positive impact both locally and globally.
To ensure that suppliers up and down the supply chain share this ethos and are doing their part to streamline processes, the company is using Ecodesk to look in detail at the environmental metrics of its wide supply chain. Places for People will have access to a dedicated dashboard which features its entire supply chain sustainability data and it will be able to identify top performers and areas of possible improvement.
The aim is to promote best practice in the area of sustainability within the social housing industry, and furthermore the industries that supply to it including construction, retail, facilities and utilities all of which are facing similar pressures.
“As the Government has made a number of changes to the way social housing is funded, the industry as a whole is looking for different ways to reduce costs, as well as maintain and enhance efficiency and service quality. We have taken the decision to do this by looking into the supply chain,” said Katy Mills, Group Head of Procurement at Places for People.
“As a business we are extremely excited to be embarking on this project. Our procurement and sustainable development teams will be working with Ecodesk to ensure that suppliers are taking their environmental metrics seriously and utilising them as an opportunity to create cost savings and operational efficiencies.”
Robert Clarke, CEO of Ecodesk added: “Understanding the energy and carbon impact that suppliers can have on a business is fundamental to creating a lean and efficient supply base, from which a company can then build a dynamic model to maximise its profitability.
“From measuring and managing energy, businesses can play a vital role, not just in environmental stewardship but in business development. Places for People has been an innovator here, as it has not just understood the implications of energy management in the supply chain, it has acted upon it. We are delighted to be working with Places for People to help the company map its supplier energy and carbon data, so that it can achieve greater efficiencies, business continuity and profitability.”
About Places for People
Places for People is an award-winning property management and development group which focuses on creating aspirational homes in inspirational places – whether that means providing brand new communities or transforming existing neighbourhoods into vibrant, popular areas to live and work. With assets in excess of £3bn Places for People has a strong track record of successful development, from multimillion-pound master planning projects to urban renewal and new-build developments in cities across the UK.
Ecodesk is a live and open data site for business energy, carbon, waste, water and materials of interest information. Businesses create and manage free sustainability profiles, showcasing their existing sustainability data, sustainability targets and news, in an open and easy to use environment. Profiles can be shared with customers and suppliers. For Enterprise Subscribers, Ecodesk is also a tool to map supply chain sustainability performance. This enables businesses to see, through a dedicated dashboard, a complete picture of supplier sustainability metrics. Ecodesk was founded in 2006 and is funded by private equity. Ecodesk is currently working with the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills on a Transparency for Growth initiative for businesses.