WRAP chief executive Liz Goodwin has reaffirmed her commitment to boost the organisation’s international profile, saying this would “bury once and for all” any suggestion it was part of government.
Goodwin opened WRAP’s annual conference in London with a keynote speech spelling out both the need for global action on resource efficiency and how WRAP would support it.
The key questions were how businesses could become more resilient in the face of insecure resource supplies and develop products and services which use fewer resources, she said.
“Part of this is about recognising that the current production and consumption model – make, use, dispose, make another – is broken.
“In my view the most important part of our USP is our reputation for being able to turn words and ideas into action that drives change. Those who fund and partner with us share this view.”
Goodwin spoke about WRAP’s recent initiatives on food and drink, packaging and textiles. The latest, coinciding with the conference was the new sustainable action for the electrical sector, esap.
WRAP’s work was being increasingly recognised abroad, she said, and included praise at the recent Green Growth Forum in Copenhagen and a partnership to help the authorities in Vancouver, Canada, use Love Food Hate Waste to deliver reductions in household food waste.
“I hope the way WRAP continues to develop will bury once and for all the urban myth that WRAP is a part of Government. We very much value our work for Government, but we are not part of it. In fact, that distinction is one of the reasons we can work with businesses in the way we do.
“The challenge I pose to my staff is, how we can support those that want to drive fundamental change to their businesses.
“How can we – WRAP - focus our resources on the areas where we can make the most difference?”
Delighted with how well today went. Lots of energy in the room which charged a fascinating debate that flowed for 2 hrs #ResourcesLtd
— Liz Goodwin (@LizGoodwin) November 18, 2014