Have you conducted a sustainability audit for your business?
Most small businesses haven’t.
Either it’s too complicated or you don’t have enough time. Or both.
But what if it could be done really simply and easily?
What if – in just a few minutes – you could tell how your business is doing relative to existing best practices?
Assess Your Practices and Save Time with a Sustainability Audit Checklist
Let’s start by looking at what a sustainability audit actually is.
A sustainability audit is a tool that is used to compare your company’s practices with the best practices for sustainability.
Like most tools, it can be designed in a way that is simple and easy to use or it can be complex and detailed.
While more detail can be beneficial at times, this particular sustainability audit is designed with you – the busy small business professional – in mind. It draws upon widely-accepted best practices and condenses these into specific initiatives for energy efficiency, waste reduction, employee engagement, and more.
It’s short and focuses on the following areas:
- Employee Engagement & Diversity
- Environmental Responsibility
- Supply Chain & Procurement
- Social Responsibility
- Metrics & Verification
In each of these areas, three specific sustainability initiatives that represent best practices have been identified.
As you review the audit items, you can, of course, just check them off if you’ve already implemented that particular initiative.
When you’re done, review the practices that you haven’t implemented yet. Note that these are all areas of opportunity for you and you should consider implementing those practices!
Now, you may ask:
Why only three best practices for each area?
Well, it’s quite simple really: you’re busy.
If you’re like most business professionals I work with (actually, all professionals I work with), your time is limited and you already have more on your plate than you can handle.
The Small Business Sustainability Audit checklist is designed to help you save time so that you can quickly and easily understand where your company stands with regards to best practices in key areas.
It’s not designed to be a comprehensive assessment. For that, I recommend that you use a good sustainability framework, which is a great next step after the audit.
Rather, think of it as a Sustainability Audit tool that you can use to get a quick snapshot of where your business is doing well and where it can improve. It can also help you to start a discussion at your business and either launch or reinvigorate your own sustainability programs.
Download the Sustainability Audit template below, then go through this with your green team or others in your office who have an interest in sustainability. Use it to discuss how your business can move forward with a sustainability program.
Free Sustainability Audit Checklist
Get the free checklist to begin your sustainability audit today!