Deeds and Words – 100 years on and we have some way to go! Join us for a celebration of women’s voices marking the centenary of suffrage
2018 is a significant year of anniversaries for women in work and public life. In February we marked the centenary of the Representation of the People Act which gave a limited number of women the vote, followed by the passing of the Parliament Act on 21 November 1918 which allowed women to stand for election. Men still outnumber women in parliament by more than 2:1 and at the current rate of progress it will take 50 years to achieve parity in the Palace of Westminster. Clearly, we still have some way to go.
Hardly a day goes by without someone mentioning single use plastic – whether it’s a large corporate announcing they are single use bottles in the canteen, a major retailer axing take away coffee cups or a school declaring itself a plastic free site – the focus on single use plastic continues. Just type #single use plastic into twitter and you encounter a tsunami of tweets on the subject. So does this obsession with plastic herald a sea change in our attitude to waste and recycling or are we just sweating the small stuff and losing sight of the overall picture? If we can’t tackle the really big sources of waste in supply chains and packaging then worrying about straws down the pub is missing the point – or is it?
This is the call to action that Mike Barry, Head of Sustainable Business (Plan A) at Marks & Spencer issued to leading law firms when he joined the President of the Law Society Christina Blacklaws. They were discussing the synergies between the legal profession and retail firms as they work to tackle sustainability challenges.