Describe Efforts that Demonstrate Your Organization’s Commitment to the Long-term Economic Sustainability of its Operations and to Sustaining the Local and Regional Economy
Businesses that provide products and services are aware that customer needs change over time. A sustainable organization is able to accommodate these changing needs, maintain economic viability and encourage sustainable economic development by balancing profits with a consideration for long-term development. Your response should include your company’s quality policy, your process for evaluating product and service performance, and your efforts for improvement. Your response should also encompass your company’s contribution to the development of the local economy (creation of jobs and business opportunities), and/or company efforts to increase efficiency and reduce costs in operations.
Describe Efforts that Demonstrate Your Organization’s Commitment to Sustain Human Resources
Sustainable businesses recognize that the long-term viability of a business is dependent on the quality of jobs and the personal and professional development of the people who make up the community. Good business citizenship also necessitates the continuing involvement with and support of activities that contribute to the quality of life in the community. Your response should include your efforts to facilitate communications within your organization to improve employee relations and increase opportunities for employees to participate in the development of the organization. Family-friendly and work-life-balance policies and programs should also be presented along with employment practices that encourage skill development and career advancement. Programs that encourage employee volunteerism in the community and that support charitable organizations should also be described.
STEWARDSHIP OF THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
Describe the Efforts that Demonstrate Your Company’s Commitment to Sustaining the Natural Environment
A healthy environment is essential to ensure the long-term economic viability of a business and community. Pollution and overuse of resources can impact everything from the availability of raw materials for manufacturing, to the number of tourists that visit your community and support the local economy. Your response should not only include efforts you have taken to comply with environmental regulations, but also voluntary measures to address waste reduction, pollution prevention and resource conservation. Examples of these measures may include company wide purchasing policies specifying recycled content products, or products with minimal packaging; operations changes that eliminate the use of toxic chemicals or reduce waste generation, or the implementation of an energy-efficiency, water conservation or recycling program.