Why do we want to build a sustainable business? What are our priorities?
What are the environmental and social issues important in my business?
How can I save money and avoid future costs?
Where do/will we operate – locally, nationally and/or internationally?
Which mandatory and optional standards/eco-labels apply to these locations?
Of these standards, which might we aim to achieve? We need to consider our business efficiency, aspirations, market perception of the standards/labels and our capacity to resource the work of achieving accreditations
Who might we engage in this process? Staff, value chain, other stakeholders?
Who/what can help with decision-making, planning and action? Consultants, industry bodies, business groups/networks, tools/resources/databases?
Longer term strategies
Depending on your business priorities, resources and industry, you can consider…
Developing procurement policies that explicitly incorporate sustainability
Using Global Reporting Initiative (GRI Standards) as an enabling framework
Following ISO sustainability standards for environmental management systems, life-cycle analysis, reporting, governance and social responsibility