Institute of Cancer Research: Sustainable Discoveries

Institute of Cancer Research: Sustainable Discoveries

The Institute of Cancer Research, London, is one of the world’s most influential cancer research institutes, with an outstanding record of achievement dating back more than 100 years.

Watts Sustainability has worked closely with the ICR for many years. A substantial project was the development of their 10-year sustainability plan. We designed the plan, worked closely with the ICR through the consultation process and developed supporting reporting processes.

Sustainable Discoveries is the ICR’s action plan for how to respond to the climate crisis and other sustainability challenges. The plan reflects how to integrate sustainability principles into the ICR’s research and teaching practices – aiming to develop lower impact ways of undertaking laboratory science, developing more efficient buildings and facilities, reducing our impact on the planet and ensuring our people have the requisite skills and knowledge to make a difference.

Client: Institute of Cancer Research

Project: Development of ICR’s Sustainability strategy – Sustainable Discoveries

Year: 2022 – 2023

Sustainability at the ICR means acting now, in line with the UN Sustainability Development Goals, to manage economic, social and environmental issues within our organisation and globally, so that both now and in the future, we can continue to make the discoveries to defeat cancer.

Peter and the team have been a fantastic support to ICR and have been absolutely instrumental in driving the Sustainability Agenda, culminating in the launch of our Sustainable Discoveries action plan in late 2022.

Whether running high quality training for staff across ICR, supporting us in developing our policies and processes, or just simply motivating and cajoling the ICR team into action, Peter and his team have made a significant impact driving a step change in Sustainability at ICR. Peter’s leadership and his team’s high-quality support have driven us forward over the last few years, developing and driving a range of initiatives (such as the freezer challenge, the development of our ActNow staff group and a significant improvement in sustainability comms). We wouldn’t be where we are now without them.

I really value not only your knowledge and clarity in communication but also your calmness & patience on this important project.

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