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TIRA – A Mission Critical Focus on Sustainability by Susan Ginsberg

At the heart of the World Economic Forum’s 2030 agenda are people, prosperity, planet, peace, and partnership – also known as the “5Ps”.

In their plan of action, Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Developmentthe WEF declares that, “We are determined to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations.”

The International Relocation Associates (TIRA)’s collective purpose is to be a force for good in times of crises and in everyday acts of saving our planet. All members believe in giving back to their local and regional communities.

TIRA members embrace their responsibility to the planet and employ their passion and commitment into action. Member companies commit to sustainable practices in day-to-day business and strategic planning to reduce energy costs and save energy: cutting down excess energy usage, switching to sustainable energy resources, and improving supply chain efficiencies.

With a collective focus on making the world better, TIRA hosted a members’ roundtable organized by the TIRA’s Vice Chair Brenda Levis, “Working Together Towards a Sustainable Future” with special guest Cristina Venegas from EcoVadis. Members learned from EcoVadis, a trusted global sustainability ratings partner and discussed how to transform their companies.

EcoVadis, rates businesses’ sustainability based on four key categories: environmental impact, labor, and. human rights standards, ethics, and procurement practices. The company provides dependable, globally recognized sustainability ratings and insights enabling companies to reduce their environmental risk and drive management improvement to improve their operations and benefit the planet.

TIRA members view sustainability as a business imperative to create long-term value by considering how each organization operates in their ecological, social, and economic environments. Members believe that sustainability is built on the assumption that developing such strategies fosters company longevity.

Since the roundtable, seven TIRA members have been certified by EcoVadis and two member organizations are working towards certification. Brenda Levis, CRP, TIRA Vice Chair and President of NYC Navigator commented that, “One of the many benefits of TIRA membership is that we share best practices with each other and encourage innovative solutions to global workforce challenges.”

Congratulations to the TIRA members that have become EcoVadis certified:

  • Gold level: Simon Johnston, ICON Relocation; Priscila Montana, Cultural Awareness
  • Silver level: Deborah Loones, Relocation Belgium; Stuart McAlister, Inter Relocation; Brenda Levis, NYC Navigator; Christine Martin, EO Mobility
  • Bronze level: Sharon Michnay, Relo Network Asia; Rohit Kumar, IKAN Relocation
  • Certification in progress: Clarissa de Leon Jensen, Copenhagen Relocations

Rohit Kumar, TIRA’s Board Member for Marketing and Co-Founder & Jt. Managing Director of IKAN Relocation Services India Pvt. Ltd., summed up the network’s focus on sustainability. “Our commitment to operating sustainable companies is not only necessary to do the right thing for the planet – it is a business imperative.”

TIRA is an aligned network of leading quality global mobility providers that offers expertise from around the world to local solutions to global challenges. Network members leverage their experience and exchange best practices that add value to the global mobility industry and support the global demand for talent. Get in touch with us.

Written by

Susan Ginsberg, Founder SRG ADVISORY

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