The most successful businesses in the future will be those that are not just compliant, but which are also low carbon, low material use, low water use and low waste, seeing environmental excellence as an opportunity, not a problem. These are wise words from Terry A’Hearn, Chief Executive of SEPA, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency highlighted in his recent feature Encouraging business to go green is the first step to One Planet Prosperity, published in the Scotsman.
“This planet provides everything we need for our health, well-being and prosperity: air, water, food, raw materials, energy, and processes which break down wastes” said Terry. “It is our most precious resource, but one that is also under pressure. If everyone lived as we in Scotland do, we would need the resources of almost three planets to support ourselves. Globally, that figure is estimated to be more than one and a half planets, and rising. But we only have the one, so it will eventually restrict our success, unless we find new ways to thrive within its capacity to support us. This is no theory or fantasy. It is the stark reality which faces us all in the 21st century. But it is also an opportunity for those willing to grasp it. The businesses, societies and nations which will thrive in the 21st century will be those which have developed ways to prosper within our planet’s capacity.”
The National Green Standard Award can help businesses evidence and showcase their good practice towards being socially responsible, economically viable and environmentally friendly. The team works with organisations every step of the way, guiding on a journey of good practice whilst supporting the shift towards a circular economy. We cannot continue to build our future on a ‘take-make-dispose’ model and organisations need to use resources in a smarter, more sustainable way.
Once registered online for the award organisations will be asked to complete an online questionnaire and then connected with a personal assessor. This assessor will bring experience, knowledge and networks to ensure the assessment is a journey towards achieving recognition and will use visitation, interviews and observation to combine hard assessment metrics with “softer” interview based data collection to gather the information needed to verify that your organisation meets the award criteria. Organisations then receive a comprehensive report and Action Plan and by displaying the NGSA logo companies are able to demonstrate to customers, staff and competitors that they are committed to One Planet Prosperity – looking after their people, the planet and investing profits wisely.
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To read the full article in the Scotsman CLICK HERE.