The importance of getting granular on sustainability
Kate Harris, CEO, Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA)
Every great journey starts with a single step. For many businesses, their sustainable journey start with a single activity such as committing to becoming a ‘paperless office.’ While the first step is undoubtably the most important, it’s vital that the second, third and fourth build on early successes. This is because there are a multitude of commercial touch-points when it comes to sustainability. Think product composition, delivery partners, marketing etc...
A key part of engaging in sustainability at a holistic level is looking at your entire business operations and asking the difficult questions of your suppliers… even if you are scared to learn the answers.
For Kate Harris, CEO, Good Environmental Choice Australia, says Nespresso Professional’s approach to the environment and looking at the whole supply chain is an important case study to the business world due to its rigour and depth to look at , its growers, its social communities, its packaging and its recycling network.
This approach’s gravitas lies not only within the rigour in which it is implemented within Nespresso but also through the global partnerships it has developed such as The Rainforest Alliance, and Fairtrade International. Partnerships such as these are vital for converting plans (like effecting positive social change in farming communities) into actions.
Enacting real change isn’t easy but it is satisfying.