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  • Writer's pictureCaterina Sullivan

What Can You Do Towards Sustainability This Financial Year?

It’s a new financial year, which makes it the best time to consider goals for your business for 2021 / 2022. At the top of your list should be sustainability, including economic, social and environmental sustainability.

As more time passes, consumers and stakeholders are becoming increasingly switched on about corporate sustainability. This includes not only demanding corporates have a sustainability policy to begin with but also that this sustainability policy isn’t filled with green-washing.

Here are a number of ways to make a more meaningful commitment to sustainability in 2021/2022.

Incorporate sustainability as part of your annual reporting

Whether it’s a formal report or a quick e-update that you send to your customers and stakeholders, including your sustainability commitment in your annual report is a great first step. This should include tangible goals you aim to achieve this year and what support you expect from your customer-base. After all, everyone has to play their part to a greener future! This also helps your customers feel like they are part of your journey.

Adopt the Global Goals

The Global Goals are an important aspect of corporate sustainability as they provide a streamlined approach to sustainability. This allows customers and stakeholders to better understand all features of sustainability. It also gives your team a stronger foundation to build a holistic sustainability plan and helps you align your plan with suppliers and customers around Australia and the rest of the world.

Become carbon neutral

While there are many aspects of sustainability, this is a very simple starting place for many organisations. By becoming a carbon neutral business, you will take the first steps towards becoming more environmentally sustainable. If you are already a carbon neutral business, have you considered becoming a carbon negative business? Taking a step further could place you above your competitors!

Implement a meaningful gender equality plan

In Australia this year, we have seen that we still have a long way to go to ensure women’s safety and professional advancement in the workplace. Writing a strong gender equality plan requires a commitment to the implementation of this plan to see meaningful change. A good plan includes things like a safe work environment, opportunities for professional development training and progression, support for family life and personal responsibilities and a supportive work environment.

We are excited to see what different organisations will commit to achieving in their sustainability goals this financial year. For assistance with any of the above and to ensure your commitments are meaningful and free from green-washing, contact Strategic Sustainability Consultants.

This article was originally published on the Strategic Sustainability Consultants website.

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