Taking place online on the evening of Monday 4 October (7-8.30pm), the summit aims to promote environmental sustainability in the UK optical sector and contribute to the government’s goal of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. It will take place in the run-up to the Conference of the Parties (COP) climate change summit in November 2021.
The seeds of the SEE Summit were sown in early 2021 when ABDO formed a working group to address Social, Ethical and Environmental (SEE) issues, with the aim of working across the industry to increase awareness and engagement. As part of this project, ABDO is calling on practice owners, professionals and manufacturers to take part in the summit, which is online to ensure as many people as possible can attend.
ABDO’s working group is also looking to develop a network involving professional bodies, manufacturers, practice owners and practitioners, all of whom can work together to highlight good practice and raise awareness of the importance of this issue.
The summit will offer a packed agenda, with inspiring speakers talking about how they have moved towards environmental sustainability in practice and in manufacturing. Practical advice on the changes that can be made at work will also be shared.
ABDO vice president, Daryl Newsome, said: “We all recognise the importance of climate change and pollution. Many different organisations within optics are making great efforts to make our industries and professions environmentally sustainable. ABDO would like to play its part by bringing together individuals and organisations to support and recognise their efforts and achievements and to share best practices in an impartial and collaborative way.”
The event is supported by the Optical Suppliers Association (OSA).
OSA chairman, Stuart Burn, said: “The OSA is delighted to be a part of the first SEE Summit in October where optical bodies can help shape a better future for our planet. This fantastic initiative will bring positive change and lasting effects to the optical sector and the environment we inhabit.”
Any individuals or companies with environmental initiatives they would like to showcase in the run-up to (or at) the event, are invited to get in touch with Antonia Chitty, ABDO head of communications and IT, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
To get involved with or support the event, email Alistair Bridge, ABDO head of strategy, by emailing email@example.com