This educational-blog provides information to help you answer, "Does Your Business have an Effective Sustainability Committee that Reports to the Executive?", used towards earning your 3rd Whoisgreen Star.
What is It?
Sustainability is a business opportunity. The Sustainability Committee is a group of workplace people composed of management, employees, and even key supply chain providers who review and develop proposals to assist the business address environmental and social issues. Review includes stepping out of the office to observe actual work practices in the factory and field settings.
What Can I Do?
Nominate your interest in joining an existing committee, offer suggestions to an established committee, or rally support to suggest a committee be created if one does not exist in your organization. For any business to become sustainable, the journey must start with the people who define the business to get involved to find the facts, provide everyone else with unbiased information and access to further reading, and then decide how to work together.
How Do I Start?
1. Find out if your city government or industry group has a program to help you setup a committee.
2. Request permission from your employer to support the creation, nomination, or improvement of a committee.
3. Once a committee has elected a leader and members, a benchmark review should be conducted to determine areas for improvement.
4. Define your business values regarding: energy efficiency, water, waste, supply chain materials, biodiversity, design, and performance.
5. Join an industry focus group specializing in sustainability. Whoisgreen recommends the Rocky Mountain Institute's NSC membership as a leading source of information and networking opportunities.
6. Report findings to management and request permission to share the information with all staff.
7. Ask staff for their ideas and to identify how the business can improve its environmental and social impacts.