Unit 1: Business culture and responsibilities
Learning Outcome: 01
Task 1.1 Produce a report on ‘improving the sustainability within a business environment’ by ‘analyzing the benefits of keeping the waste to a minimum.
Environmental sustainability involves making decisions and taking action that is in the interest of protecting the natural world, with particular emphasis on preserving the capability of the environment to support human life. It is an important topic at the present time, as people are realizing the full impact that businesses and individuals can have on the environment. Environmental sustainability is about making responsible decisions that will reduce the company like Tesco’s business’ negative impact on the environment. It is not simply about reducing the amount of waste they produce or using less energy but is concerned with developing processes that will lead to businesses becoming completely sustainable in the future (ABRHIEM, 2016).
A major initiative of sustainable businesses is to eliminate or decrease the environmental harm caused by the production and consumption of their goods (ABRHIEM, 2016). The impact of such human activities in terms of the number of greenhouse gases produced can be measured in units of carbon dioxide and is referred to as the carbon footprint. The carbon footprint concept is derived from ecological footprint analysis, which examines the ecological capacity required to support the consumption of products (BAYLEY, 2015).
Tesco that gives back to the community, whether through employees volunteering their time or through charitable donations is often considered socially sustainable. Tesco also can encourage education in their communities by training their employees and offering internships to younger members of the community. Practices such as these increase the education level and quality of life in the community (BAYLEY, 2015).
Improve work efficiencies through accurate detailed design, a focus on reducing rework, temporary works, and mistakes. Reduce waste disposal costs. For demolition, earn revenue from salvaged building parts and recycled materials (BAYLEY, 2015). Tesco uses its REBRI Resource Routing Calculator to calculate whether it is economic to dispose to landfill or recycle material. It also helps to win contracts for projects that specify waste reduction procedures and improve the productivity of staff.
Employee motivation and morale:
Employee motivation is the level of energy, commitment, and creativity that a company’s workers apply to their jobs. In the increasingly competitive business environment of recent years, finding ways to motivate employees has become a pressing concern for many managers. Tesco as an organization with high morale are more productive and experience a greater increase in share price than their competitors (CARLSON, 2015)
Task 1.2(a): Write a report on the agreed procedures for ‘recycling’
Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new materials and objects. It is an alternative to “conventional” waste disposal that can save material and help lower greenhouse gas emissions. Recycling can prevent the waste of potentially useful materials and reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, thereby reducing: energy usage, air pollution (from incineration), and water pollution (from landfilling). Tesco has committed to helping our customers reduce their carbon footprint by 50% by 2020. As part of this commitment, and to stop unnecessary waste going to landfills, they offer their customers a mix of recycling options in our stores (CARLSON, 2015).
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Tesco has recycled stations in 450 stores! Along with their batteries, they can also recycle water filter cartridges, energy-saving light bulbs, and selected ink cartridges all in one convenient location. Look out for these stations behind the tills in stores all over the UK. Tesco has provided technical assistance linking reuse and recycling with community development and has documented the job creation and value-added benefits of reuse and recycling.
On a per-ton basis, sorting and processing recyclables alone sustain 10 times more jobs than landfilling or incineration. However, making new products from the old offers the largest economic pay-off in the recycling loop. New recycling-based manufacturers employ even more people and at higher wages than do sorting recyclables. Some recycling-based paper mills and plastic product manufacturers, for instance, employ on a per-ton basis 60 times more workers than do landfills (NELSON, 2015)……………