2. Understanding

The next step is to develop your own organisation-specific business case. What and who are the drivers in your organisation? You’ll have to identify specific concerns and issues which need to be addressed and understood. You and other key decision makers must understand the underlying principles of sustainability.

You may well need some further education and training in order to be able to appreciate and prioritise the sustainability issues that impact your organisation. Here are some of the ways in which EcoSTEPS can help:

EcoSTEPS Workshop: Sustainability Answers

'Clarity - Strategy - Transformation'

This typical workshop program draws on EcoSTEPS wealth of experience with a diverse range of clients at the forefront of sustainability thinking and action over the past decade and appeals to sustainability change agents working in organisations across all sectors. It is generally tailored to meet the specific needs of individual organisations as necessary.

Sustainability Training & Education

Your Sustainability Action Plan will need an educational component, because for employees to thrive in the sustainability era, new skills will be required. Consider, for example, the hypothetical case of an industrial facilities director. His basic job description had remained the same for decades; he was simply ordered to keep his people on task and make the company profitable. Today, change is in the air. He (or, just as likely today, she) is being told to work with the local community; to meet with neighbours, unions and politicians; to attend meetings and perform community outreach. But many employees do not have the skills and training to engage in the dialogue, to communicate and integrate with the community, to deal with conflicts, emotion, and the unknown. Education and training required to bridge this gap.

Tool: EcoSTEPS Award winning Sustainability Training & Education Programs have been used with a wide range of organisations to help people at all levels – Board, Management and Staff – to understand and appreciate the sustainability issues facing their organisation.
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Sustainability Thinking

'Sustainability Thinking' is a great place to start. As Albert Einstein is purported to have said:

'We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.'

He also said..

'Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.'

We take comfort from:

'Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.'

Sustainability Business Case

Tool: EcoSTEPS Sustainability Business Case is process that all organisations can use to develop their unique business case for sustainability. It identifies and priorities your sustainability value drivers.
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CSR & Stakeholder Engagement

Tool: EcoSTEPS CSR & Stakeholder Engagement services are designed to assist your organisation to communicate and context your sustainability activities and include such approaches as AA1000 and IAP2.
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Find out how EcoSTEPS can help you, please contact us.


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