Managing sustainability: Beyond risk and compliance Breakfast seminar
23 May 2016
Venue: Riddel Hall, 185 Stranmillis Road, Belfast, BT9 5EE
Time: 08:00am - 9:30am
To book please RSVP to John Devaney, BSI Group firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible as spaces are limited.
Is sustainability a source of endless demands – energy management, greenhouse gas management, social responsibility, pollution control, non-financial reporting, local policies and European Directives? What would it take to turn it around and be ahead of the competition?
This British Standard (BS 8900) presents a clear opportunity through its Part 2 for organisations to be certified and gain recognition for their work to become sustainable organisations. It provides an accessible ‘doing’ framework for tackling the social, economic and environmental challenges organisations face. It lets organisations ‘know where to start’ in what may seem to be a complex array of issues. It gives guidance and provides an accessible framework for progress.
The standard gives methods for genuine dialogue with stakeholders and includes a roadmap tool – a sustainable development maturity matrix. Crucially, it does not expect organisations to be ‘perfect now’ but allows organisations to progress from where they are now. The starting point is a declaration of principles, firmly based in business strategy.
Importantly, the framework helps in winning business and getting credit for your approach to sustainability. To do so, it goes beyond controlling risk and paves the way to the opportunities that correspond to the challenges of sustainable development.
• Summarise emergent thinking and support tools to embed sustainable development at the core of an organisation or enterprise, in a way that creates strategic business opportunities and competitive advantage
• Provide insight into a new standard that makes this new thinking relevant and accessible to all organisations and businesses: large and small, public, private and third sector.
• Listen to early adopters about the benefits to their organisation.
• Provide opportunities for discussion.
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