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Development of Sustainability Program: October 2021

Phase I: Different Definitions of Sustainability

Monday, October 11, 2021  by qrelihan

   As Phase I of the Sustainability Program continues to progress, I am learning that everyone's understanding of how sustainability fits into the workplace are different. Some are going to focus on the financial aspects of implementing a sustainability program while others will be more concerned with the impact the program will have on the environment & society. Neither party is wrong, because in today's world a business needs to be able to make money and be environmentally friendly to be sustainable.

   Sustainability is developing business operations that will stand the test of time and generate profit or savings for a company. However, sustainability is also being aware of the impact that your daily business operations have on the environment and natural resources. In fact, companies cannot be sustainable unless they responsibly manage the financial and environmental aspects of their day-to-day operations. This is because without the environment and natural resources there are no products or services that can be produced or provided. If there is no way to make products or provide services, then a company is not making money and will likely go out of business.

   Responsibility, awareness, and accountability play a large role in creating a robust sustainability program that is successful at addressing every facet of a business plan. The goal of the sustainability program at MER is to find ways to be financially & environmentally sustainable.   From now on when you think of what it means to be a sustainable company, I want you to not only think of the impacts its operations have on the environment, but I also encourage you to think of it as efficient ways to generate profits or savings. 

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