This spring, LCWO is working to develop and publicise a business scorecard for selected businesses with outlets in West Oxford according to pre-identified indicators on climate change, biodiversity, local funding and community engagement.

Local businesses in West Oxford retail and industrial estates make up a large proportion of West Oxford’s (and Oxford city’s) carbon footprint.  We want to create a virtuous race to the top (a) between companies on the industrial and retail estate and (b) between West Oxford and other business/retail estates in the city and beyond, by developing a scorecard to capture their implementation of various carbon reduction and biodiversity measures.

Who’s involved?

The project is being led by Lead Programme Manager Mim Saxl and Ruth Mayne, LCWO co-founder and longtime Committee member.  The scorecard is being developed with input from Phil Bloomer, Executive Director of the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, and in partnership with Oxfordshire Greentech (https://oxfordshiregreentech.co.uk), and is part of One Planet Oxfordshire (www.bioregional.com/projects-and-services/influencing-wider-change/one-planet-oxfordshire).

What will the scorecard do?Our hope is that a scorecard will help:

  • Create a virtuous race to the top (a) between companies on the industrial and retail estate and (b) between West Oxford and other business/retail estates in the city on selected carbon reduction and biodiversity measures;
  • Potentially accelerate business’ carbon emission reduction in a way that creates practical benefit for staff, environment and the community;
  • Catalyse them to work together with each other and with Low Carbon Oxford and Oxfordshire Greentech, including to share learning and best practice around carbon reduction;
  • Encourage them to think about, consult and work with residents to examine their impact on local community – whether via carbon emissions, flooding, traffic/congestion, air pollution, biodiversity, beauty, rubbish.

The methodology will be informed by Oxfam’s tried-and-tested business scorecards.