Sustainability, Recycling, Environment
The world is changing and in order to protect the limited resources of the planet we need to think differently when it comes to the running of our business. Development of a Sustainability Policy allows an organisation to manage their financial, social and environmental risks, obligations and opportunities.
Sustainability practices in the workplace means to consider the environmental, social and economic impact of business practices, both externally and internally, when making business decisions. In this way practices can be put in place that benefit our customers, employees, shareholders and society as a whole without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. A Sustainability Policy implements practices within the company that go beyond what is required by law.
A Sustainability Policy involves something called the Triple Bottom Line, often abbreviated as TBL or 3BL. This is an accounting framework with three parts, social, environmental and financial. These three divisions are sometimes call the three Ps, people, planet and profit.
Development and implementation of a Sustainability Policy is done in four stages.
• Sustainability Policy development
• Communication and promotion of the policy
• Implementation of the policy
• Policy implementation review and audit. This is performed after the policy has been in place for long enough to accurately review its success (usually after six months and again after twelve months).
By changing the way we do business we can dramatically reduce the impact we have on the environment. By adopting eco-friendly practices such as recycling our waste, using recycled products and reducing our water and energy consumption we are protecting the planet’s non-renewable resources and we enable our customers and clients to do so to. By supporting your business and participating in your efforts to reduce your dependence on paper such as e-invoicing and e-voucher programs your customers and clients are making a real reduction to the problem of global pollution every time they purchase from you or use your services. These tools not only reduces the amount of paper we use as a business but reduce the paper clutter in their home as well. All these consumer benefits can be used as an effective selling point when marketing your business. You can contact me through www.smallassist.com.au.