Businesses need to embrace change management principles in order to transition from low to high sustainable work strategies and practices. To establish sustainable practices and achieve a leading position there are three main parts of the value chain we help businesses focus on – People, Processes and Products:
• PEOPLE: Establishing the right ethics and behaviour is key to for success. People practice what they prefer and once people prefer sustainable practice the path to business certainty is much more likely. Businesses that are sustainable have been shown to attract and retain employees more easily and experience less financial and reputation risk, and are also more innovative and adaptive to their environments. The 4-Stage Sustainable Business Program focuses on Recruitment, Training/Education, Corporate Culture and Personal Drivers.
• PROCESSES: Efficient management of energy, water, waste and emissions is a fundamental requirement for a sustainable business. Systematic analysis of the environmental and social impacts of the products and services used and produced leads to better understanding business sustainability. Useful, reliable and timely data underpins the processes and reporting needed to embed resource efficiency into a business’s culture and help mitigate risks. The most widely recognized standard worldwide is set by the UN and its Sustainable Development Goals framework, but other industry-specific and country-specific standards exist. Measurement and control are at the heart of instituting sustainable practices. The 4-Stage Sustainable Business Program focuses on Management/Reporting, Practice/Communications, Analysis/Information and Technology/Innovation.
• PRODUCTS: The production, distribution and retailing of goods reveals the most obvious insights into how sustainable a business is perceived by customers and stakeholders. Society as a whole, corporate customers and local/central governments are all demanding more product stewardship and sustainability management from suppliers. Product materials used and sold should ideally be sustainable, from source to end of life, and prove a circular economy functions correctly. Less reliance on fossil fuels (fuels and by-products) is a key driver to achieve this position. Knowing and understanding the market trends in best-environmental-practice materials used in production, packaging and any waste creation, and responding with current and future products that meet these market needs, is key to sustainable business success. The 4-Stage Sustainable Business Program focuses on Lifecycle Management, Production/Packaging Processes, Health and Safety, Raw Material Sourcing, Transportation Efficiency, Storage Efficiency, Product Education, Ranging Efficiency and Retailing Effectiveness.