Sustainability Advantage modules

Once you’re on board with Sustainability Advantage, we’ll take you through an initial management diagnostic of your organisation.

This assessment will identify potential business benefits to be gained from more sustainable work practices and provide you with a clear path of action.

We’ll design achievable programs specific to your organisation’s requirements, based on modules selected from the following:

Business Planning for Sustainability

This module explores the business case for sustainability, and how a firm's culture, purpose and operations may change.

The commitment of senior management to this module is required, in order to set initial actions and a long-term path at a strategic level.

Partners first map their sustainability vision and long-term goals. These are reviewed internally to build support and align them with existing corporate strategies.

A second session scopes out what is needed to deliver the goals, with appropriate plans, KPIs, resources and reporting. Your company then implements the plan for at least 12 months, reviewing it as it would any priority business plan.

Resource Productivity

By learning how to build your firm’s capacity for lean manufacturing, cleaner production and supply-chain efficiency, tangible cost-benefits will be achieved by reducing waste and using less materials, energy and water.

This module helps you assess baseline data on material flows; identify opportunities through a business-costs analysis; execute a resource-efficiency action plan; and establish internal processes to drive innovation and savings.

It requires you to establish a dedicated efficiency team within your firm to pursue the best resource opportunities over 12 months or more, with a process of continual review.

Employee Engagement

This module considers how best to build support for sustainability initiatives through education and training, leadership behaviour, social events, peer and internal forums, communication, signage, mentoring and recognition.

Employees are potentially powerful supporters and drivers of any sustainability program. By harnessing their ideas and enthusiasm, allocating responsibilities and building skills, your staff will generate further ideas and energy.

The Employee Engagement module enables each organisation to build and pursue its own engagement strategy, according to its needs and culture. A key feature is the selection and mentoring of sustainability 'champions' to help implement sustainability actions.

Supply-Chain Management

The Supply-Chain Management module identifies the business case for working with your key suppliers and customers to reduce risk and cost – and get the best environmental results.

Your operations and procurement managers will evaluate how best to engage with the supply chain; for example, through setting supplier standards and product specifications, or organising supplier-education programs.

Through a structured opportunity-and-risk assessment, a supply-chain engagement plan to deliver the most value to your organisation is designed. To help implement these supply-chain actions, follow-up workshops will target specific areas, such as contractual specifications.

Carbon Management

This module looks at the most beneficial strategies for managing and reducing your carbon footprint.

As well as looking at how to measure and minimise your carbon output, the module looks at abatement strategies and the implications of not acting, and examines best practice among your organisation’s peer group.

The module focuses on the following areas:

  • Measuring your organisation’s carbon footprint.
  • Developing a plan to reduce your carbon footprint.
  • Carbon risk-management.
  • Adaptation to climate change.
  • Internal engagement on carbon reduction within your organisation.

Climate Change Risk and Adaptation

Severe weather events and climate trends are the great disruptors. It is critical that organisations, as part of their planning for sustainability, understand the potential impact of climate change related risks, such as water availability or logistics disruption due to extreme events. This module will help organisations identify the risks and opportunities around climate trends and severe weather events and assist in the development of risk and adaptation plans for your operations.

Environmental Risk and Responsibility

If your organisation suffered substantial financial or reputational damage from a pollution incident, how would you deal with it?

This module helps you assess your compliance and decide what action is needed to mitigate risk, in order to build an environmental responsibilities plan to merge with your Work, Health & Safety regime.

Clear practical advice is given on your legal obligations and procedures for rigorous risk management, helping your organisation move beyond compliance to clean and safe production.

External Stakeholder Engagement

Stronger relationships with your external stakeholders - communities, government, shareholders, suppliers and customers - through a positive approach to sustainability is the key value of this module.

External Stakeholder Engagement discerns the chief benefits to your organisation from engaging with its partners through sustainability initiatives. The module enables you determine the best direction for your engagement, develop a well-reasoned plan and learn from best-practice examples.

The module looks at complaint-handling, building new partnerships proactively and effectively through initiatives, and explores how financial markets and non-government organisations are calling for more reporting on sustainability performance.

Green Lean

Green Lean is designed to assist organisations wishing to streamline key systems and processes, saving time and resources and increasing productivity.

 You will use relevant tools such as process mapping, value stream mapping and 5S to identify your issues and how to address them.

 A collaborative process underpins Lean philosophy and input from a range of staff will be essential for your success.

Read the Edstein Green Lean case study

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Page last updated: 07 April 2016