Implementation

green-tech-servicesConduct a thorough assessment of the drivers of sustainability for your company. What are the drivers that present the greatest opportunities? Which ones present potential risks to your business. Consider how the sustainability agenda is aligned with the relevant external stakeholders in the business system.

Tip: Use a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, and Opportunities & Threats) to define and analyze sustainability drivers.

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  • Assessing Sustainability in your Company

 

lunch-and-learnCreate a clear and compelling business case for sustainability over the short-term (3 year). Model the business case for sustainability investments over the long term. Leading companies are “saving” the savings from sustainability initiatives and reinvesting them for more savings. In this manner many sustainability initiatives pay for themselves.

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The Business Case for Sustainability

This presentation by Bob Willard, Sustainability Advantage

 

 

Develop a clearly articulated definition of sustainability, understand how it will affect your business, determine senior management support and establish the vision of your “sustainable” company.

backcasting
Backcasting means “beginning with the end in mind”. It allows you to define your vision and then determine the steps that will move your company from its current reality to the proposed vision.

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So, how do we equip businesses to be a leading force in creating an environmentally sustainable and socially responsible world?

We know that sustainability cannot be achieved without innovation.  And that innovation is best achieved in a culture that embraces learning.

But organizations don’t learn, people do.  To create a sustainable world we need to embed knowledge, skills and attitudes of environmental sustainability and social responsibility in every job.
 

 

New Sustainability Core Competencies® are needed in an era of sustainability to prepare individuals for new ways of thinking, participating, implementing and monitoring, and developing policies and procedures for sustainability in the workplace.

Life cycle analysis, management and costing; closed-loop manufacturing; sustainable supply chains; green purchasing; design for the environment; biomimicry as well as systems, futures and critical thinking skills are among the new skills, knowledge and ways of thinking required for a sustainable enterprise. Organizations need to look closely at their strategy and identify the tools and core capabilities required to successfully implement their strategy.

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