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Phone: +44 (0)20 7679 7868
Email: o.parkes@ucl.ac.uk
Department of Chemical Engineering
University College London
Torrington Place
London WC1E 7JE
United Kingdom

Olga Parkes received her first degree in Civil Engineering at the Moscow State University of Civil Engineering. In 2008 she graduate from UCL, where she successfully completed an MSc program in Environmental Systems Engineering. In 2009 she started her EngD research project in UCL's Centre for Urban Sustainability and Resilience.

Research project

Title: Defining Quantitative Tool for Assessment of Corporate Sustainability Performance

Supervisors: Dr Paola Lettieri, Prof. David Bogle, Dr Dan Brett

In recent years the concept of corporate sustainability is becoming a central part to business strategies of many enterprises and industrial processes. Sustainability is being incorporated into every step of the business/process to minimise costs and risks, maximise profitability, develop new products, and to improve environmental performance and social well-being. Implementing sustainability codes into practice can, therefore, help businesses become more profitable and improve their performance. Organisations generally use a combination of different sustainability metrics to assess their performance ­ economic (e.g. total income, revenue, sales), environmental (e.g. energy/water/material consumption, greenhouse gas emissions), and social (e.g. employee total number, accident rate, years of service in the company). However, different companies use various metrics and therefore sustainability reports of different organisations may vary significantly in terms of performance indicators.

The main objective of this project is to define a general quantitative sustainability tool, which could be applied to any type of the organisation/process. This tool will facilitate assessing company’s sustainability performance and will incorporate economic, environmentaland social issues as part of the integrated procedure. The case study will illustrate how this tool can be applied to a business/process.

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