The four practical steps to sustainabilityThe four practical steps to sustainability

The 4 Steps To Sustainability

Step 1, Get it  – Awareness, Understanding, Commitment and Scope
The first step in realising the benefits of sustainability is to understand it or ‘Get it’, then discuss its importance for the future of your organisation.  A shared mental model or common understanding of ’sustainability’ is vital if the dialogue is to be productive and generate consensus and commitment to change.

RealEyes will work with your team to generate enthusiasm, get buy-in and develop bespoke learning programmes that build confidence and competence in sustainability. From intensive senior management workshops to brown bag learning lunches for staff, RealEyes can provide the structures and learning options to get you started.

Step 2, Audit – Baseline assessment or Sustainability Audit
With a shared understanding of sustainability agreed among your team we then analyse how sustainable your organisation is today. RealEyes uses PROBE (PROmoting Business Excellence), an internationally recognised assessment and benchmarking tool, developed specifically for sustainability in business.

Working with your team, we evaluate your organisations practices and performance based on the results of a series of PROBE self-assessment questionnaires.

Within ten days a comprehensive report is produced outlining your organisations key strengths and weaknesses along with insights for change toward sustainability.  The report also benchmarks your organisation against other organisations in your sector (sector specificity depends on available datasets).

Step 3, See it – A Compelling Vision for your Sustainable Organisation
Imagine your organisation as a leading sustainable business in the future, where all operations including products/services are produced and delivered within the sustainability constraints defined by the four principles of sustainability.  In this creative step your team builds a picture of this future organisation including the innovations, actions and investments likely to deliver it.

No restrictions, such as technical or budgetary feasibility, are placed on ideas at this stage as prioritisation of actions based on these and other criteria happens at the next step. Key deliverables include a vision statement, consensus on core purpose, agreed values and a list of creative actions, innovations and policies likely to contribute to the vision.

Step 4 – Do it
This is the where we pull it all together to generate your organisations strategic sustainability action plan. Using insights and learnings from the previous steps, we identify short, medium and long term actions that capitalize on opportunities, reduce costs, generate good will and lower exposure to risks.

Actions are prioritised according to a number of criteria, including return on investment, flexibility and compliance with principles of sustainability. Practices and policies are also agreed to ensure that progress is continuously monitored and actions adjusted over time.