Sustainability At Work
Sustainable organizations strive to balance the triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit to achieve long-term success and viability. This means that organizations cannot be sustainable without protecting the safety, health, and welfare of their most vital resource: workers.
Sustainability makes good business sense. Creating a culture of sustainability gives your employees a reason to feel good about their job and “brag” to friends and family about the good things your company is doing. This in turn supports recruitment efforts – people want to work for a company that is environmentally responsible.
Sustainability is not just about what is done, but how it gets done. It is a mindset that requires leadership; not settling for second best in any aspect of operations; setting and achieving goals beyond regulatory compliance.
Organizations of all sizes across the country and around the world have embraced this mindset as a way to showcase their values, measure impacts and outcomes, and increase their competitive advantage. However, workplace safety and health are often underemphasized or overlooked completely. Integrating safety and health into sustainability provides an opportunity to better protect workers and achieve a truly sustainable organization.
Sustainability also goes hand in hand with cost savings. Being more efficient, using less, and cutting down on unnecessary waste can help your company realize significant cost savings.
And finally, sustainability is good for business development and retention, especially as more companies require proof of sustainability up and down their supply chain.