Webinar: SMEs and Climate Change – the Communication Challenge

Small and medium-sized enterprises face many competing pressures – so how can we encourage owners and managers to engage with the issue, and re-position their businesses for a lower carbon future? Watch a recording of this lunchtime webinar for practical advice on communicating more effectively with (and within) SMEs using a proven, values-based approach, plus a brief overview of our new, free-to-use, online course, Promoting sustainability in business: a values-based toolkit. The session is led by Chris Shaw from Climate Outreach, Europe’s leading specialists in climate change communication.

To view the webinar,  please visit the event page.

Project videos

Workshop participants discuss their experiences

Video recording by Mike Lord, Blue Lotus Media.

Sam Hampton reviews the challenges and opportunities for SMEs

This video is featured in a new undergraduate module from The Open University, B327 Creating Futures: Sustainable Enterprise and Innovation.

Project team

Prof Richard Blundel, Professor of Enterprise and Organisation at The Open University and an Honorary Fellow of the ESRC Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP), University of Surrey.

Dr Tina Fawcett, Senior Researcher at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford and Theme Lead / Co-Director, Policy and Governance, at the Centre for Research on Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS).

Dr Sam Hampton, Network Navigator for Business Resource Efficiency at Oxfordshire Business Support and a Research Associate at the Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford.

Dr Chris Shaw,Senior Researcher at Climate Outreach, Associate of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and is a member of the Visiting Faculty at the School of Business, Management and Economics at the University of Sussex.

Partner organisations

Climate Outreach are Europe’s leading climate change communicators, bridging the gap between research and practice. Their mission is to ensure that climate change and its impacts are understood, accepted and acted upon across the breadth of society, creating a truly sustainable future.

Oxfordshire Business Support (OBS) is the Growth Hub for Oxfordshire provided through the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP).

Advisory panel

Prof Fergus Lyon is Deputy Director of the ESRC Centre for the Understanding of Sustainable Prosperity (CUSP) and Professor of Enterprise and Organisations in the Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR), Middlesex University.

Dr Anja Schaefer is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing in the School of Business at Maynooth University, Ireland and a Visiting Research Fellow at The Open University Business School.  She is an experienced researcher and educator, specialising in corporate sustainability and business ethics.

Dr Sarah Williams is an experienced business consultant and still work closely with regional businesses and members of Bedfordshire Green Business Network (GBN). She is also a university lecturer who has worked for The Open University for many years and is currently a Senior Lecturer based at the University of Bedfordshire.


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