WHERE TO BEGIN: SUSTAINABILITY ASSESSMENT
Initiating a sustainability assessment process as part of an overall business strategy is an essential component to achieve business goals. Yet, not all businesses take the time to create or review an annual business strategy much less examine and review the sustainability of the processes within the business.
The sustainability assessment starts a conversation at many levels of a business with the aim of creating a common organizational culture of sustainable operations reflected in the initial sustainability action plan. This first step focuses on leveraging a business greatest resource, the stakeholder to create opportunities from risk that drive innovation and mission driven profit.
The purpose of sustainability assessment is to provide decision-makers with an evaluation of short and long-term operations related to the economic, social and environmental aspects of the business.
WALKING THE TALK: BASELINE SYSTEM PROCESSES
Evaluating and improving current and new systems provides economic benefits of reducing operating costs through efficiency. A coordinated effort at multiple levels of a business, insure both transparency and the follow through necessary for accurate data reporting. A business can demonstrate leadership and good corporate citizenship by measuring both inputs and outputs of production processes.
Trust, reputation and quality position your business in a unique and compelling way that influences today’s environmentally minded consumer. The market position of your company is defined by not only sales, but also, consumer mindshare.
A sustainability report provides information on a company’s environmental, social and economic performance and impacts. It tells the story of measured results and business goals developed as part of a sustainability strategy.
By reporting the results of specific goals in a transparent manner, a sustainability report is a conduit between the business and its stakeholders.