My Sustainability Statement
In my work as the Sustainability Strategist, I help businesses and governments solve environmental and sustainability problems through successful strategies and training programs.
How? I enhance the capability of your experts to:
- SIMPLIFY your strategic risk and opportunity context
- IDENTIFY your strategic & operational training needs
- JU$TIFY the return on investment in your training
- QUANTIFY the business & environmental results.
Because this is my life’s work, I walk the talk as much as I can.
This is my 2018 Sustainability Statement, reflecting my work as a sole practitioner with a great network of trusted colleagues, clients, suppliers, friends and family.
Vision: where does my inspiration lead me?
A world where people enjoy happy and meaningful lives, in which we and our built and natural environments regenerate each other and enhance the health and wellbeing of all living things.
Purpose: why do I do what I do?
I believe that today’s environment and sustainability challenges offer some of humanity’s most exciting opportunities to make real and positive differences to our society, economy and ecology.
My chosen role in building a happy, lasting future for all life on Earth is to accelerate the uptake of robust and effective environmental and sustainability strategies and the successful training that supports them.
I love learning and believe that other people love learning too. That’s why I see adult vocational training as a brilliant way of transforming people and places.
Mission: what do I do to help achieve my vision?
My company is called Environmental Communications Ltd and I created it to fulfil my mission of communicating the financial, social and cultural benefits of good environmental management and enhancing the capability of environment and sustainability experts working in business, government and nonprofit bodies to achieve them.
Values: how do I work?
I try to live with kindness, generosity, contentment and honest, kindly, helpful speech. I strive to improve my understanding of people and organisations on this planet that is so bursting with life!
Values I work and play by include:
- ethical action in all spheres of life
- teamwork that creates fun and synergy
- friendly, open and honest communication
- business and environment as mutually beneficial
- lifelong learning and mentoring of young professionals
- life balance between labour, learning, lifestyle and leisure
- life balance for all people and other living things – plenty for all
- sustainability as a journey of fun, learning, innovation and productivity.
I am committed to continually reducing my environmental impact at home, play and work and to promoting more sustainable outcomes across the six capitals. Below are some of the actions I take to make my personal and professional contribution to a happier world.
Resource reduction and efficiency
I aim to minimise my use of energy, water and materials in line with the waste hierarchy: I avoid buying things I don’t really need and make purchasing decisions based on life cycle analysis where possible, as well as on the amount and nature of packaging materials. I re-use and re-purpose things as much as I can and donate to registered charities clothes and other items I no longer use. I scrupulously sort recyclables and compost what I can so as to dispose of the minimum possible waste.
I routinely buy carbon credits if flying – and choose to fly airlines that offer this facility, and I’m vegetarian, which is another way of reducing my carbon footprint.
I buy goods and services that are ethically produced and where possible locally produced, ideally with life cycle/embodied energy/carbon intensity criteria and third party certification, including take-back schemes and lifecycle analysis for home and office equipment. This goes from Fair Trade coffee and Trade Aid gifts to purchasing decisions at home and at work, including my hybrid Prius .
I also aim to avoid temptingly cheap stationery and this year will buy a good fountain pen. This may also improve my handwriting, which everyone will appreciate …
Social responsibility and future-thinking
My business promotes business sustainability through intelligent environmental practices, but of course sustainability also has a social and cultural aspect as well as its financial and environmental aspects. To support all these dimensions, other things I do are:
- instead of giving Christmas presents to my clients, since the year 2000, I have made annual donations to two respected social charities. In the past I have supported the Domestic Violence Centre, Amnesty International, the City Mission and the Salvation Army, and have had wonderful feedback from my clients about this
- support the next generation of environmental professionals by giving guest lectures, freely helping students and new professionals on request and giving my time in interviews for those carrying out research for their masters or doctorates
- take part in voluntary initiatives that help us all develop and disseminate sustainability skills
- support charitable trusts that help people and the environment.
As longer term objectives, I will work towards B Corp Certification to hold me accountable to achieving my vision and mission and support me in living in line with my values.
Succession planning to ensure the ongoing achievement of my vision, purpose mission and values is a growing focus. Watch this space for some exciting developments!
I will review this Sustainability Statement every year when my company registration falls due, and will look for other ways to reduce my company’s adverse impacts and improve its beneficial effects.
Clare Feeney, The Sustainability Strategist