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Managers ‘urged to incorporate sustainability’ into their business

March 18th, 2013 Category: Office Cleaning

Incorporating sustainability in the business environment is the first, and arguably most important step to mitigating the UK’s carbon footprint.

That’s according to business management consultant Tyler Elm, who has recently contributed to a feature for the Huffington Post which addresses the impact common business procedures can have on the environment. Take, for example, office cleaning. Many businesses can overlook the impact certain cleaning products have on the environment due to the routine nature of keeping the office well-managed. But it is generally the most routine procedures that need addressing when businesses consider their environmental footprint.

The important thing to remember when developing environmental objectives at a managerial level is that they must be actionable and promote measurable business objectives and environmental benefits. Mr Elm explains: “A ‘green’ procurement policy must have business and environmental objectives to be sustainable and you need to be able to measure the performance of the desired business and environmental outcomes to actually manage them.”

Many companies, particularly larger firms, find themselves having to constantly please shareholders and the board which can often have an adverse impact on environmental considerations. However, there is a case to be made from an economic sense when it comes to implementing a green procurement policy, and this could be the key to winning over the powers that be.

In order to do so, you should ensure that the procurement policy is well communicated and the results from implementing the improved measures are similarly shouted about. “A business policy, environmental or otherwise, is a waste of words unless it is implemented with objectives, timelines and a plan for putting it into action,” Mr Elm explains, which is why a bit of forward thinking would serve you well when it comes to incorporating sustainability into the business. 

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