A sustainability audit is an indispensable management tool for CSOs and sustainability managers. A sustainability audit provides a snapshot of an organization’s current sustainability performance. It also provides specific recommendations how to improve performance and what additional initiatives should be considered.
What is a Sustainability Audit?
A sustainability audit takes an inventory of the policies, procedures and practices of an organization and compares these to industry best practices. An audit is both a ‘gap analysis’ and a ‘maturity analysis’ of the sustainability practices of an organization. In other words, it documents ‘what practices are in place’ and ‘to what extent these practices are implemented’ across a wide range of sustainability categories.
A sustainability audit has many functions. Here is a list of some of the most important ones:
- Compares policies, procedures and practices to Industry Best Practices – This is one of the most important functions of a sustainability audit. An audit should clearly show where an organization exceeds, meets and does not meet industry best practices across a wide range a sustainability categories.
- Improves Planning, Structure and Accountability – A sustainability audit helps identify key initiatives and provides a means for accounting for these within a sustainability program. This assists planning and accountability for sustainability activities across an organization.
- Identifies New Sustainability Initiatives – A sustainability audit will quickly identify sustainability activities that have either never been considered or have yet to be implemented.
- Facilitates ‘Period to Period’ and ‘Business to Business’ Tracking – Once a sustainability audit has been conducted, an organization will have a comprehensive snapshot of all green activities. If an organization has multiple locations, it will now have a tool to compare these using exactly the same criteria. The same is true about comparing operations from period-to-period.
- Helps Improves Sustainability Performance – A sustainability audit can help an organization improve its sustainability performance. It provides critical information that will improve planning, execution and follow-through for a range of initiatives.
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TULSA, Okla., December 3, 2014 /3BL Media/ – Caelus releases the QuickStart™ sustainability tool. QuickStart™ provides businesses with exactly the information they needs to know in order to either create a new sustainability program or to improve an existing one. The tool is able to achieve this in a fraction of the time and the cost of a long, expensive consulting engagement.
The QuickStart™ Process
The QuickStart™ process begins by conducting a sustainability audit. The sustainability audit provides a snapshot of all current sustainability policies, practices and procedures of an organization across over 20 different sustainability categories. The audit acts as both a ‘gap analysis’ (identifies what things are being done or not done) and a ‘maturity analysis’ (identifies to what extent efforts are being conducted).
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Once the audit information has been submitted, a comprehensive Findings Report
is prepared. The Findings Report provides grades for an organization’s sustainability performance across all of the sustainability categories. This is calculated by comparing current performance to industry best practices. The report lists specfic quick wins, recomendations and analysis for each category. To view a sample Findings Report, click HERE
Finally, the tasks identified the your Findings Report are put into an Implementation Plan
. The Implementation Plan includes all tasks, resource requirements and cost estimates. The plan can be based in either Microsoft Excel or Project. The plan is a ready-to-implement roadmap for improving the sustainability performance acroos an entire organization. To view a sample Implementation Plan, click HERE
Monday, November 18, 2013 – 10:30am
Memphis, Tenn., November, 18 2013 /3BL Media/ – The end of the year is the perfect time for an organization to conduct a sustainability audit. Completing an audit at this time of the year provides an organization an opportunity to both reflect on the accomplishments of the current year as well as think about and begin planning goals and initiatives for the coming year.
Why a Sustainability Audit?
A sustainability audit takes an inventory of all of the policies, procedures and practices of an organization and compares these to industry best practices. An audit is both a ‘gap analysis’ and a ‘maturity analysis’ of the sustainability practices of an organization. In other words, it documents ‘what practices are in place’ and ‘to what extent these practices are implemented’ across a wide range of sustainability categories.
Below is a list of some of the main functions of a sustainability audit.
1. Compares policies, procedures and practices to Industry Best Practices – This is one of the most important functions of a sustainability audit. An audit should clearly show where an organization exceeds, meets and does not meet industry best practices across a wide range a sustainability categories. Continue reading
Benefit #2 – Lowers Business Risks
Organizations face many different kinds of risks on a daily basis. A sustainability audit helps identify initiatives and tasks that reduce or eliminate these risks.
Compliance Risk – The number and complexity of international, national and regional regulations that address the environmental impact of product, services and business activities is increasing. Companies can find themselves with significant compliance and reporting risk if these issues are not managed and reported properly. A sustainability audit can help identify compliance and issues.
Reporting Risk - In the face of mounting pressure to be transparent, a growing number of organizations are choosing to report on sustainability. Sustainability reports help readers understand how well the reporting organization is doing on the triple bottom line. By not reporting, an organization risks its relationship with stakeholders, customers and the public. A sustainability audit can help organizations create better reports. Continue reading
Benefit #1 – Lowering Costs
Lower costs are one of the largest and most immediate benefits of a sustainability audit. In the face of rising fuel, natural resources and waste stream costs, finding opportunities to eliminate waste and increase efficiencies in these areas save real money (and helps the environment) and provides real financial results. Below is a list of some of the areas a sustainability audit will help lower costs:
- Energy usage
- Water consumption
- Waste management
- Fuel consumption
- Packaging and shipping
- IT spend
- Heating & Cooling expenses
- Environmental compliance
- Business transportation
What is a Sustainability Audit?
A sustainability audit is a powerful tool. A sustainability audit takes an inventory of all of the policies, procedures and practices of an organization and compares these to the best practices in their industry. In essence, an audit is a gap analysis and a maturity analysis of the sustainability practices of an organization. It is meant to document ‘what you are doing’ and ‘to what extent’ across a wide range of categories. By doing so, and organization can better know where to concentrate is efforts and resources to get the maximum impact. Continue reading