Ward Williams Associates (WWA) was officially presented with its Queen’s Award for Enterprise at a special event held at the Hall for Cornwall recently, addressing sustainability in the built environment.
In addition to the presentation of a crafted vase and hand-written scroll to senior partner Andy Snapes by the Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, business leaders also heard from pre-eminent sustainable development champion John Elkington.
In his keynote speech, Elkington – whose organisation was the first to achieve B Corp certification in the UK – captured the audience with an impassioned talk about the need to take responsibility now, so that we can build resilience to actively transition to a future where choices around sustainability become the default position, rather than an option.
The day also featured a panel discussion chaired by Surfers Against Sewage co-founder Chris Hines MBE, which debated a number of issues such as how big CO2 reductions can be achieved, how we need to come together to drive change and the Triple Bottom line.
Speaking after the event, Mayor of Truro, Steven Webb, said: “I think it’s actually really exciting to see a business that comes out of Cornwall with just so many ideas and opportunities and to win an award like this and to take it over the next five years and beyond. There’s so much work to be done but so much optimism that we can do it, and I think Ward Williams Associates are on the button; they’re ready to get the job done.”