How can you improve your sustainability credentials?
Think of your responsibilities and benefits:
Firstly, your responsibility includes Statutory Obligations – stuff you must do by law. There is also your Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and moral responsibility to your employees, customers, business, environment and not least to your conscience.
The benefits include foremost that you operate legally (no fine, loss of reputation). Your appeal to customers and employees increases and your business reputation improves. Most of all you will benefit from reduced costs and better profits
The way I work
Firstly, I require a good understanding of your current environmental and sustainability engagement and position. Therefore, I will conduct a thorough assessment. This is called the “fact finding phase”. Amongst other things, I’ll be checking the following:
My review will also follow closely the assessment criteria of the “Green Tourism” grading scheme, subject to what type of operation you have.
Consequently, after summarising my findings, we (that means you, your team and I) will develop a plan how to move forward. Hence, the planning phase will lead to the implementation phase.
What we have to do
We will have an abundance of action points based on my review. These will be structured into categories and then we’ll set priorities.
For example, some of these priorities will focus on
- reducing waste – where does the waste come from? How much single use plastic are we using and what measures would we have to take to reduce waste?
- lowering the energy consumption – we need to have a clear breakdown of all energy and water consumption in order to find ways to reduce the consumption
- review your procurement system – how can it be made more sustainable by e.g. increasing the use of local produce and working with sustainable suppliers
- management set up – what management and administrative tools are in place to improve sustainability?
Conducting a cost-benefit assessment is very important as we are looking at potential savings and cross-reference those with costs which may occur. For example, installing more efficient equipment will cost you at first but will save money in the long term.
Finally, we will have an action plan ready for implementation. We will set target dates, assign responsibilities and review any cost implications. It will be your and your team’s job to get the work done. It is important to review the progress on a regular basis in order to quantify the results.
Sustainability workshops are great to get the ball rolling. The ideal audience would be managers and employees who are directly involved with sustainability issues. Some of the topics we can address:
- Importance of engaging with environmental sustainability today – the needs and benefits for a business, be aware of increased responsibility: The “Greta effect”
- Providing “food for thought” – how a business can improve its environmental sustainability approach: What are the options?
- Identify areas which can easily be implemented: Finding and implementing quick wins
- Exchanging best practice and interaction amongst participants: “We don’t need to reinvent the wheel”. Let’s see what is already out there and how can we make better use of this information?
- Devising a realistic plan and a strategy on how to enhance work practices to become a more sustainable business: Any plan must be achievable and fit a budget.
Workshop topics will be tailored to your business needs. All my courses are designed to support senior managers and supervisors and staff. For group workshop sessions the number of trainees should ideally range from 10 -15 participants.
What to do now?
Give me a call or contact me and let’s discuss ways how you can improve your environmental and sustainability credentials. I am happy to come and see you for a first consultation.
For your information: your business may be eligible for financial support to offset some of the costs. So, don’t delay this call …