Cultivating sustainability in the workplace (and why it matters)
Sustainability is key to driving a better, healthier, and more equitable future, as it involves making responsible decisions and actions that will benefit the environment and society in the long run. Most business agree, and yet, only 60% of them have a sustainability strategy in place.
Culture Canopy spoke with Yarooms on the importance of authentic sustainability actions & the need to take your employees on the journey with you.
See the full article over at Yarooms.
"Many organizations communicate the value of sustainability but often struggle to truly implement sustainable practices - and those practices have to go deeper than green office policies and recycling. Employees need to understand what the organization is doing to push an agenda of sustainability within its own practices, and how the employees can play a part in creating a better tomorrow.
Ultimately, organizations need to ensure they are doing the walk they often talk about, and embedding sustainability across all they do. It needs to be authentic, tangible, measurable & achievable - while being constantly communicated to employees. Sustainability, and wider corporate social responsibility is not a nice to have, but an essential to have - employees, like consumers, are demanding more and more transparency; and we have to treat our planet and resources better than we have been.
Organizations have to vet their supply chain, manage the origins of their supplies and ensure ethical practices, and have to look at their business operations to ensure they are doing all they can to minimize their impact on the environment; asking the question 'what is the better alternative here'. Creating the connection for employees to corporate social responsibility is important - and organizations need to provide the tools for employees to work effectively without creating unnecessary product, excessive waste or damaging outcomes.
Within the day to day operations, organizations need to carefully select vendors, supplies and equipment which reduces impact, and need to make recycling and reducing waste practical and applicable.
Organizations should also create safety for their people to challenge the organization when it fails on its sustainability stance - and empower their people to take ownership & action around creating more positive outcomes and coming forward with creative solutions. Creating a more sustainable world is a role we all have to play - but organizations have to set the tone and expectations to revolutionize their operating models with sustainable practices at its heart."