The first National Green Standard Award (NGSA) has been awarded this month to Applied Driving Techniques (ADT), the award-winning provider of fleet compliance and driver risk management. The award is the first of its kind, developed in Scotland, and has been introduced to recognise socially responsible, economically viable and environmentally sound work practices.
Commenting on the introduction of the NGSA, Steve Homer, Head of Business Development at NGSA said: “This is an independently administered award that can be achieved by organisations whose leaders are committed to instilling sustainable business practices that result in outcomes which meet the criteria of the award. It recognises organisations that are on the journey of good practice in a world that has finite resources.”
The award is achieved through a structured model of robust self and facilitated assessment that enables participating organisations to be benchmarked against, and benefit from, world class performance standards.
From market research a gap was recognised in the market to recognise businesses on their journey towards a circular economy and promote the Triple Bottom Line concepts of: People, Planet and Profits. The award assists organisations with the move towards a more circular economy – where products and materials are kept in high value use for as long as possible. It does this in a managed way, and has been designed to build on progress in the zero waste and resource efficiency agendas. A more circular economy will benefit:
- the environment – cutting waste and carbon emissions and reducing reliance on scarce resources;
- the economy – improving productivity, opening up new markets and improving resilience; and
- communities – more, lower cost options to access the goods we need with opportunities for social enterprise.
“Many organisations are making excellent progress in supporting the circular economy but find it difficult to benchmark their progress,” adds Steve. “The NGSA provides that benchmark and a score to compare across others who have achieved the award. using the principles and metrics of the NGSA will help to enable an organisation to link the introduction or development of environmental policy, procedures and targets to improvements in waste and resource management that will result in savings. Putting environmental considerations at the heart of planning and implementing new construction and other activities, linked to savings will provide good, ethical and environmentally sound return on investment.
However, the NGSA then goes much further by encouraging and subsequently recognising effort to engage with the community on mutually beneficial projects and activities that will promote and provide recognition of the organisation’s role in the community and it’s achievements in terms of corporate social responsibility.”