What to include in a sustainability policy
When we create policies with organisations, we do this as a team effort with representatives from across the business, coming together for a meeting or workshop. This is because people will be more committed to something they were part of creating, which in turn leads to more action in delivering on the commitments.
What is the definition of sustainability?
- Sustainability focuses on meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
- The concept of sustainability is composed of three pillars: economic, environmental, and social—the 3 P’s – planet, people, profit
What to include in a policy
From an existing policy (if you have them) or when you go this process you can finesse these:
From a team workshop or a survey:
- Issue statement – what are the core issues you identify as an organisation in the world and your sector
- Vision – what is your vision of a better/ ideal future for your organisation/industry in addressing these issues (the dream)
- Scope of policy – what are the priorities for you as an organisation and the focus areas
- Commitments – what are you committing to do
- Signed by senior management – this is essential to demonstrate the commitment from the top of the organisation. Authority bias is defined in behavioural economics as our natural tendency to follow the leader and attribute greater accuracy to their opinion.
- Capture your vision, values and concerns
- Identify your priorities
- Create targets and an action plan
- Get buy-in from teams and departments
- Deliver a similar workshop with your team and clients
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