Nurture Our World Sustainability Strategy
The CTICC is committed to global sustainability that goes beyond a business triple-bottom-line. The centre formalised its sustainability commitment through the implementation of its Nurture Our World (NOW) initiative. In addition to guiding and informing the centre’s sustainability actions, NOW has evolved into a public expression of the CTICC’s intention to be a leader in social and environmental sustainability action and awareness.
The NOW initiative has a dedicated NOW Team that was established to drive the implementation of sustainable principles and practices within the CTICC at a strategic operational and commercial level.
The NOW Team is mandated to:
- Inform, drive, and monitor the CTICC’s triple-bottom-line approach.
- Oversee the design and implementation of the sustainability initiatives that contribute to economic growth.
- Raise the profile of the centre as a sustainability leader in its industry.
- Ensure the effectiveness of the CTICC’s efforts to minimize the centre’s negative environmental impact while maximizing the positive contribution made to a sustainable future for society.
Embracing a Culture of Sustainability
At the CTICC, we recognise that sustainable business success requires that we fully integrate economic, social and environmental sustainability into every component of our business strategy and operations.
We have therefore developed a highly integrated sustainability strategy that targets all facets of environmental, social and economic sustainability and permeates every facet of our organisation, including:
The CTICC has integrated environmental sustainability into all of its day conference packages. In addition to offering various ‘green’ conference elements, we provide a useful checklist for our clients to use to ensure their events are green.
Ongoing reduction in energy, water, carbon emissions and waste are a key focus at the CTICC. During the 2015/16 financial period, we have reduced our electricity usage by 3% and our water consumption by a further 5%.
Our procurement policies are built around the principles of enterprise development and local business support. Wherever possible, goods and services are purchased from small, medium and micro enterprises, preferably with a proven BEE commitment.
- Employee training and engagement
The CTICC recognises that its sustainable success depends entirely on the abilities, passion and commitment of its people. We therefore invest significantly in the development of our employees and managers and create opportunities for them to grow their skills and further their careers.
- Job creation
In the 2015/16 financial year alone, the CTICC, through its operations, sustained 3 233 direct jobs in the Western Cape, and an estimated 4 525 indirect jobs nationally.
- Social Responsibility
All employees are encouraged to integrate social responsibility into the way they think, act and work. In addition to ongoing contributions to, and support of, local communities, the centre has five community partners that it directly supports.
In addition to always striving to reduce our own environmental impact and support our surrounding communities, a big part of the CTICC’s sustainability commitment involves encouraging others to do the same. If you are planning or organising an event at the CTICC, please contact your events co-ordinator about possible ways to green your event.