Goal number 12 is the one most applicable to manufacturing. It states, “Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns”.
Back in 1997, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) pioneered sustainability reporting. It aims to help organizations communicate their impact on sustainability issues such as:
In short, the GRI offers a set of standards and framework reporting guidelines. Companies use them in reports relating to their sustainability performance. Most companies publish their reports each year, along with their financial statements.
Many manufacturers have made concerted efforts to adopt sustainability best practices. They even ensure their entire supply chain aligns with their policies.
The value of minimizing damage to the Earth’s natural resources is obvious. Let’s look at sustainability issues in manufacturing.
Sustainability reporting often refers to its “triple bottom line” reporting. Triple, because it considers the
impacts the everyday activities of your business have. A sustainability report is a set of disclosures on the above three material topics.
Describe work done to understand economic impacts at national, regional, and local levels. Examples include opening a new plant, increased production, and creating new jobs.
Engaging a local raw materials supplier is another example of economic sustainability. Yet it also has a positive social impact by benefiting the local community.
As Industry Week says, the manufacturing value stream is very broad. It encompasses upstream and downstream supply chains. Manufacturers need to examine the extent of their actions in both directions.
You stand to gain considerable leverage from adopting the sustainable manufacturing approach. Non-financial and financial performance go hand in hand. Everyone connected with the company, including potential employees, will begin to appreciate that.
Clear, sustainable, long-term business policies and strategies are what you need. Benchmark your sustainability performance and assess it from time to time. That way, you can
streamline processes and be more efficient
track your progress
compare your performance with that of your competitors.
In an environmentally-aware world, sustainability kudos garner increased brand loyalty. Your good reputation within your sector also grows.
Focused Effort and Positive Influence
Focused effort toward sustainable manufacturing can reverse any past negative impacts. Your value goes beyond the balance sheet. Wield positive influence by demonstrating that to external stakeholders.
We’ll leave it up to you to decide which areas of your operations need the most urgent attention. You will know what measures you already have in place that you need to improve further.
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