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’.
Sustainability from the Perspective of a Business Company
There are financial, social, and environmental aspects that make sustainability and recycling attractive to business companies. Even though sustainability may not be among the most important objectives of business companies, studies presented at the beginning of the Introduction show that the subject is worthy of studying further.
Since a few years ago with the awareness of climate changes, companies have started to show interest in implementing recycling procedures at workplaces. This has influenced deeply the environment and the lives of people, and therefore, it is not only as an idea that green is good for the environment but as well with a clear convinced that green is good for business too because it can save a considerable amount of money (e.g. Hoffman 2005). The key principles of sustainability are clearly expressed in the Brundtland definition:
- Needs- the commission’s focus on ‘needs’ shows both a concern for social justice and economic, rather than only economic,
- Global environmentalism.
Image: Process of minimizing waste Source: CIPS (2018)
Traditionally, the main focus in sustainability has been on external pressures and procedures forcing companies to reduce and control all related to gas emission, but with the climate changes and strong legislation created by organizations, countries, it is leading to forcing companies for recycling not only in issues regarding the production and packaging materials but also companies need to go back and therefore they need to look internally procedures, purchasing policies, furniture to be used in offices, building construction, etc. With the aim of buying products/services from companies having similar procedures or values and sharing the same sustainability policies, companies can follow standards assuring all supply chain control mechanisms that support recycling. There are different motives for increasing recycling at offices. Well, an organized office environment (where different wastes have their own disposal) may help people to work more efficiently and effectively, and consequently, productivity can increase. However, reducing costs is often the goal of recycling.
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Task 1.2(a): Write a report on the agreed procedures for ‘recycling’
Tesco Plc is the world’s largest retail shop covering 68, 000 shops all over the world. As a leading retailer, with 440,000 colleagues, they serve millions of customers every week, in our stores and online. There is a well-defined recycling procedure of their waste made every day in their industry. They generally want their environment clean and make extra profit by recycling waste and make waste to a minimum. They had implemented a program “plan of handling of residues” where they divide the residues in cans of different colors according to the type of remainder. They have made an advertising campaign to all employees by email for providing environmental awareness about environmental conservation through environmental practices of the residues in each workplace. There is also a committee in charge to communicate environmental themes. They submit information on strategically located billboards so that all employees will be reached.
The separation of residues at the office is done by sorting and recycling different types of trashes into different bins that are marked with different colors.
The color code is described thus:
- Green, people can drop residues as dirty plastic, dirty aluminum, cigarette butts, towel paper, food residues, napkins
- Blue, people can drop clean plastic bottles, plastic bags.
- Grey, are located in every workplace and it must be a small can where you can drop paper, cardboard.
The green team considers that for getting the best results, can have to be well located mainly in the common areas and very well labeled with the aim to avoid mistakes to users at the moment to drop the rubbish. However, they have created internal banners, which are elaborated with the recycled material and its contents environmental messages encouraging employees to follow up on the instructions. The development of the business company mostly depends on the proper management of its wastes…….