This blog has covered a multitude of different ways the business environment can harness the power of conservation in order to move forward. Areas of focus have included different eco-friendly ideologies, sustainability concepts, and specific companies that have implemented successfully sustainable strategies. In this post, we will cover a basic implementation strategy which will put your own Environmental Management Strategy into practice.
Let’s look at some of the elements needed for a successful implementation.
Sustainability is a concept which must be driven by top management and trickles down throughout the entire company. Remember it’s a mindset, it’s something all company employees can share and strive for.
- Make it a part of your company’s culture.
- The S.M.A.RT Approach; Accordingly, all levels of your business and management need to be involved in the planning process.
- Time Management
New business opportunities and management positions are emerging due to sustainability practices. In order, to make the most of these it is important to delegate tasks efficiently.
- “Though most employers aren’t adding jobs at a quick pace, positions tied to sustainability and renewable energy might be a bright spot. A few large companies recently created positions for so-called chief sustainability officers, who report to the chief executive or chief operating officer, and are responsible for making sure their companies save energy and are environmentally responsible” (Joe Light; WSJ). sustainability officers can be implemented throughout the management structure.
Training should first consist of creating an environmentally friendly code of conduct. It’s a way to display your green goals as well as motivate the entire company to reaching a similar goal.
- Training pulls innovation and creativity from members of your company.
- Training creates an awareness to the external environment, ultimately creating unity as a whole.
Cross-functionality results from a properly trained team. Using multiple referencing points allows for the company to receive maximum productivity from it’s initiatives. From product design to control systems, each can integrate their own aspects of sustainability.
Sustainability has gained much attention in the past few years as it has a marketable benefit for customers. Sustainability is a direct reflection of your company. Building a reputation as a greener company has the ability to differentiate your product while attracting a growing market of environmentally friendly consumers.
Environmental Reporting and Auditing
Following through with reporting and auditing gives transparency into the green initiatives your company has set for itself. Successfully run green initiatives give business firms a competitive advantage yielding higher results for all stakeholders.
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