When it comes to the discussion of sustainability and environmental management ‘guaranteeing’ success, I prefer to be a realist.
The truth is that no system can work without several factors combining to support it, and that can be through people, culture change, financial backing, and more.
I certainly don’t believe that there are any guarantees for success, but there are actions that you can make to steer the ship in the right direction.
In this article, I’m going to discuss ten ideas that can push you towards success:
If you really want to achieve KPIs pertaining to sustainability and environmental management, it’s vital to use the authority and influence of Senior Management to do so. By enforcing positive policy changes, or simply by leading from the front, those at the top of the company can have a profound effect on the rest. This is not only for sustainability and the environment, but it can also work for many aspects of a business.
I’ve covered this in another article, but the importance of having up to date legal registers, and regularly accessing them to make sure you understand the terms of compliance, is a great way to ensure continued success. Not being compliant can cause so many hurdles and impediments to success that it’s not worth pleading ignorance.
Waste is a great resource, full of potential, and its uses are not being maximised by most businesses. What many businesses fail to see is that if used right, waste can generate cash, energy, or great benefits to an organisation’s reputation. At the other end of the spectrum, poor waste habits can be costly and damaging to reputation. Small changes can have big results in the waste stream.
Achieving Zero Waste status is fantastic, don’t get me wrong, but it’s not the point of Zero Waste. The point of Zero Waste is to bring about wider culture change and the more that people talk about Zero Waste and the methods and benefits, the more it can become mainstream. More than trying to achieve Zero Waste, your business should be talking about it with employees, partners, suppliers and customers, to show that it is a mindset and not a goal.