The resource and waste management sector faces many challenges and opportunities: from austerity and Brexit, to the zero waste and resource productivity ambitions that are emerging in Government strategies and in boardrooms of some of the UK’s biggest brand names.
The Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM), the professional body for those working in the sector, has a key role to play in meeting these challenges and opportunities.
We want a world where we all make the best and safest use of resources to protect and enrich life on our planet. The CIWM’s mission is to influence, inform and inspire the sustainable management of resources and waste.
To do this, we champion the success of individuals working in the sector; promote and improve professional standards; ensure the voice of the sector is heard during policy-making across the UK and Irish Republic; and help the media and the general public to understand the issues.
In its recent 2018-23 strategy, the organisation sets out its plans to provide this support based around the six themes of membership, in-fluence, knowledge, funding, customer service and management, and it is held up by our four core values: member and learner focused, enterprising, collaborative and professional.
The CIWM’s focus is on supporting its members in their professional ambitions. The needs of people engaged in resource and waste management are changing as the pressures of work, technology and society shift.
So, in the coming months, we will be improving the nature and range of membership benefits and services, including modernising some of the membership structures.
As recognised in our inclusion, diversity and equality statement, we want to promote action to deliver a sector that better reflects wider society, as well as ensuring that members conduct themselves professionally in this regard, as in others.
We will also continue to improve our customer service to give the best experience we can.
The organisation is already an influential stakeholder in policy discussions. Each year, we refresh our themes to structure our work. For 2018, the priorities are: health and safety; waste crime; resource and waste policy; producer responsibility; household collections and recycling; and education and skills.
We know these are the themes that matter to our members and the wider sector.
Finally, our work is underpinned by the knowledge that we can access and share, the funding we receive from subscriptions and other activities, and the management of our people, resources, systems and processes.
This is a rewarding time to work in the resource and waste management sector, and an exciting time to be part of the CIWM.
Colin Church is chief executive of the CIWM