WHETHER YOU’RE LOOKING TO REDUCE UTILITY COSTS, OBTAIN CERTIFICATIONS OR COMMUNICATE A CONFIDENT AND AUTHENTIC SUSTAINABILITY MESSAGE TO YOUR CLIENTS, WE CAN HELP.
TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE STRATEGY
Any business, regardless of size, is capable of making a positive impact. In line with UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we will work with you to:
- Identify areas within your business that could be improved from an environmental or social perspective
- Learn the no & low cost quick wins that will allow you to start making improvements straight away
- Develop detailed plans for setting & achieving your goals
- Communicate a clear & authentic message to your clients
- Create the building blocks for obtaining certifications like B Corporation or ISO 14001
We have recently launched an online course, The Sustainability Kickstarter, to support SMEs in working more sustainably.
SUSTAINABILITY HEALTH CHECK
We often find when chatting to prospective clients that they’ve implemented a few environmental initiatives like upgrading lighting or reducing plastic & are looking for how they can develop their strategy even further.
While this is great in practice, setting objectives is not the first step in developing an effective triple bottom line strategy.
The first step is to identify your business activities that have an impact on the environment and your stakeholders. This is where we can help.
A Sustainability Health Check is designed for businesses who are looking to improve their environmental & social performance and need a bit of help with defining what that strategy looks like. Our health checks are a first step gap analysis and have been developed in line with internationally recognised certifications like ISO 14001 & B Corporation to include:
1) BRAND MISSION
A meeting with key representatives within your organisation to understand your business priorities and what you’re looking to achieve, which can also be carried out remotely via video call
2) BUSINESS ACTIVITIES
A site walk around of your head office to understand how your business works & to identify your key environmental aspects & impacts (Please note that during this time of social distancing, we will not be carrying out site visits but are still able to gain an understanding of your business and relevant environmental aspects via video call.)
3) ACTION PLAN
A full report, including tailored recommendations for reducing your environmental impact and providing a simple and practical plan for implementing these changes
The site visit or video call will take between 2-5 hours depending on the size and complexity of your business and you will generally receive your report within 3 weeks. If you have opted for a video call, we generally allocate 1-2 hours as appropriate.
As a part of your Sustainability Health Check, we will cover the following areas:
- Leadership Commitment
- Environmental Policies & Procedures
- Communication (both internal & external to the business)
- Environmental Objectives & Targets
- Employee Engagement
- Supply Chain Engagement
- Clients & Stakeholders
- Triple Bottom Line Strategies (people, purpose & profit)
- Continual Improvement
Sustainability health checks start from just £699 and you can choose to implement any recommended changes yourself or we can support in developing your strategy, either in part or in full. It’s entirely up to you.
If you do choose to develop your strategy further, we offer 3 different levels of support and the cost of your Sustainability Health Check will be subtracted from the overall fees.
Environmental & wellbeing certifications are a unique way of evidencing your sustainaiblity credentials to clients & other stakeholders through external verification. Click on the links below to find out more about each certification.
We are able to support in preparing for certification audits remotely, but please do check with certification bodies as to whether they are able to carry out audits during this time of social distancing.
ISO 14001 is an internationally agreed standard that helps organisations improve their environmental performance.
The benefits of an ISO 14001 certified Environmental Management System (EMS) include:
- Enhanced company reputation
- Increased engagement across the business between senior management and employees
- Improved environmental performance
- More efficient use of resources and reduction of waste linked to cost savings
- Improved compliance with environmental legislation
We can offer as much or as little guidance and support as you require, starting with an initial gap analysis through to the final certification audit. We believe that an effective Environmental Management System should align with an organisation’s existing procedures and processes rather than creating an additional administrative burden and will work with you to create a streamlined approach to achieving this.
We have worked with a range of clients to achieve certification globally and offer a bespoke service, tailored to the size and needs of your organisation.
In the current climate, many businesses are scheduled for surveillance audits but are finding they have much less time to focus on preparations. If you are in this position, we are happy to offer a full review of your ISO 14001 documentation and supporting evidence, which can be shared online to avoid the need for any site visits. We have been involved in preparing and supporting on over 50 audits for a range of clients over the past 6 years, so are well placed to highlight any potential non-conformities and propose actions for how these can be closed out.
Book in a free call to discuss your requirements and we’d be happy to provide you with a tailored quote to support in your audit preparations.
Certified B Corporations are businesses committed to balancing purpose and profit by considering their impact on workers, customer, suppliers, community and the environment. B Corps are a community of leaders using business as a force for good.
In order to obtain certification, a business is required to complete the B Impact Assessment to assess their overall impact. Categories include:
Businesses must score a minimum score of 80 to achieve certification and can use the online tool to benchmark their score against other similar businesses and work to improve their score year on year.
During this time of social distancing, we are still able to support remotely and can share documents online to avoid the need for any site visits.
Fitwel certification was launched in 2017 and “has a vision for a healthier future where every building is enhanced to support the wellbeing of its occupants and support healthy communities“.
As Fitwel Ambassadors, we are well placed to help you achieve certification. If you are looking to certify either a new or existing building, the process will address the 7 Fitwel health impact categories:
- Impacts Community Health
- Reduces Morbidity and Absenteeism
- Social Equity for Vulnerable Populations
- Instil Feelings of Wellbeing
- Increases Physical Activity
- Promotes Occupant Safety
- Provides Healthy Food Options
Fitwel’s portfolio based approached means that certification is relevant to commercial interior spaces, single-tenant buildings, multi-tenant buildings and multi-family tenanted buildings.
The business case for ensuring health in the workplace is compelling, with benefits including enhanced productivity, reduced absenteeism, talent attraction, and improved indoor air and environment quality.
There is no specific to requirement to obtain certification as the preparation process can simply be used as a powerful tool to work towards enhancing your environmental and social performance and to benchmark your performance against similar businesses.
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