Sustainability Series | Policy Development and Best Practices
December 5th, 2011 By: Tiffany Richmond at www.energyadvantage.com
Do you know what’s impacting your company’s energy and environmental use? Do you have a reporting regime in place today? Does your company have a policy statement? Do you know how your organization compares to competitors? The industry? Do you know what best practices to follow?
Questions like these are the type of questions that are answered in the first step of a sustainability program. This article will outline how to develop a policy statement, how to analyze your current energy and environmental data and identifies industry best practices.
What is a sustainability policy?
A sustainability policy serves as a company’s public statement for its management and employees, plus a communication tool for its customers, vendors, and other interested parties. It is the heart and soul of a program as it explicitly states the value, commitment, and goals of an organization. The policy needs to be integrated into a set of parameters to make decisions on products/services it will manufacture, technology that will be used for production, and all supporting activities such as maintenance, transportation, energy, etc. ….