Sustainability - There are many shades of "GREEN"

gpainter

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I just received a new assignment in addition to quality as sustainability director. Are there any sustainability gurus in the forum. We manufacture products from wood, the only carbon friendly material available. I plan on a full circle system. There are many shades of "GREEN" and the difficult part will be to determine the shade of "GREEN" that our Customers want in addition to education them on LEED, IAQ, COC, etc.
 
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Ajit Basrur

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Re: Sustainability

I just received a new assignment in addition to quality as sustainability director. Are there any sustainability gurus in the forum. We manufacture products from wood, the only carbon friendly material available. I plan on a full circle system. There are many shades of "GREEN" and the difficult part will be to determine the shade of "GREEN" that our Customers want in addition to education them on LEED, IAQ, COC, etc.
Hearty congratulations :agree:

Your question is interesting and I am also waiting for an answer :)
 

Sidney Vianna

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Are there any sustainability gurus in the forum.
Hopefully not. Gurus tend to quash discussions. The I-know-it-all-let-me-talk-down-to-you approach is very limited here.

A fellow cover employer has a nice page on their website about sustainability . Many progressive organizations are becoming more and more aware of their social responsibility and sustainability. Actually, many large organizations are reporting more often their sustainability efforts, and it is important that such reports are credible. Many are engaging with external verifiers to assess the veracity of the data being reported.
 

Jen Kirley

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I just received a new assignment in addition to quality as sustainability director. Are there any sustainability gurus in the forum. We manufacture products from wood, the only carbon friendly material available. I plan on a full circle system. There are many shades of "GREEN" and the difficult part will be to determine the shade of "GREEN" that our Customers want in addition to education them on LEED, IAQ, COC, etc.
How do you find out what your customers want out of the things you make?

Surveys?
Salesman inquiries?
Chats with CEOs?
Research into their own initiatives?
The contract process?

Sustainability is a tricky word, in my view. What does it mean to your people? If it's not well understood, there may be some trouble in getting needed things done.

So maybe you should start with a definition that suits your organization, and develop some wishes, based on not just nurturing the environment but what you can accomplish without enormous investment and what saves the company money. A Subaru plant has reduced its waste going to the landfill to a point where a typical household generates more waste. Read about it here. It seems to me this is something some customers would like. Whatever you propose would need to be done so using a plain-speak, short presentation. Your marketing people can help.

You could make special arrangements that might help your customers, if they are cost effective. Some of my company's Japanese suppliers do not want us to throw out or recycle their shipping cartons - they want them returned for reuse.

I hope this helps!
 
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I just received a new assignment in addition to quality as sustainability director. Are there any sustainability gurus in the forum. We manufacture products from wood, the only carbon friendly material available. I plan on a full circle system. There are many shades of "GREEN" and the difficult part will be to determine the shade of "GREEN" that our Customers want in addition to education them on LEED, IAQ, COC, etc.

http://www.amazon.com/History-Managing-Quality-J-Juran/dp/0873893417

There is a great chapter on the Arsenale of the Venetian Republic, with details on how they managed the forest. Not to mention how they produced ships in 6 hours. In order to to have sustainability you have to control your sources. Since you deal with wood products, you need a forest, and you will need to have a blueprint for 20 to 60 years. Depending on the trees you need. The Venetian example of how they not only produce ships but sustained growth to become the world leaders in ship building is amazing. The quality of the wood was strictly controlled. If you buy wood you will always be looking for new suppliers, or having to deal with changes.
 
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Hi

I am attaching one of the slides that I use in my presentations on various aspects of Sustainability. Hope that helps you to comprehend the elements of Sustainability. There are many good books on sustainabiliy; for example you may study: The Necessary Revolution by Peter Senge et al. Now a days CSR and Sustainability are considered synonymous. Please, therefore, go through the ISO Guideline on CSR, discussed in another thread in this forum.

If you have any specific question I will be happy to assist you in understanding the issue.

With kind regards,

Ramakrishnan
 

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