The BEES project is entering the next stage of development as they prepare for their official launch on the 5 February. Taking place on the Red Brick, students will have the chance to learn more about the project, find out how they can get involved and enter a prize draw to win £50 to spend at the SUSU shop!

SUSU and the University of Southampton, first started work on BEES (Business Ethics & Environment, Students) in August when they beat competition from over 100 unions to win £175,000 funding from HEFCE to champion sustainability practices in local businesses.

This exciting scheme will cover all aspects of sustainability.

For those of you who were thinking sustainability consists purely of ‘looking after the environment’ and doesn’t apply to you, think again! Sustainability is about ensuring that the decisions we make now do not prevent us from living the way we want to in the future. So in terms of student life, it includes;

– The environmental aspect; remembering to switch your lights off to save energy

-The social aspect; deciding whether to buy clothes from a shop that has been accused of using child labour,

-The economic aspect; can you afford to spend your student loan going to the cinema tonight?

As well as helping businesses address ethical issues such as living wage, investment, and supply chain management, BEES is equally passionate about helping students gain invaluable skills for their personal development.  By taking part, students will, gain confidence& communication skills, improve their employability and make fantastic contacts! But most importantly they will be part of an innovative plan to change our city.

Our Vice President Welfare Beckie Thomas Said: “The Business Ethics and Environment Students programme is an amazing opportunity for a student studying any subject. It provides students with the chance to develop analytical skills, confidence, communication skills and professionalism, to name a few. Students will be working together with businesses to improve sustainability in the workplace across Southampton. I am privileged to be working on the BEES project; where else can you tackle important ethical and environmental issues, gain experience working with businesses, AND develop your own skills to prepare yourself for the world of work?! Of course, we’re also offering a fantastic service to the organisations that will be provided with tailored interventions to improve sustainable practises!”

To get involved and find out more email bees@susu.org or just come along to the launch event on the 5 February from 11-2pm.