Sustainability Health Check

Sustainability, built on what you do well

What is a Sustainability Health Check?

The sustainability health check uses the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework, and is based on a 3 step process:

Step 1. Benchmark the current greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, waste and if applicable, water usage. This provides a baseline from which future improvements can be measured. 

Step 2. Identify where the organisation is already doing great things, measure and report on these. This could be community support or anything positive that  is recognised by any of the stakeholder groups which could include customers or investors.

Step 3. Report back on the findings, with a proposal on next steps.

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How does it work?

The Hesys consultant will need relevant information to be able to quantify GHG emissions. For example the tariff and usage of electricity, water and gas as well as vehicle registration information and mileage of any company vehicles. This will allow us to be able to calculate the scope 1&2 GHG emissions. 

In addition, we will need to understand any positive contributions to any of the SDGs. For example this could be areas such as charitable giving, community activity or recycling as well as addition information on diversity and inclusion. 

We would also propose some short interviews with a few of the staff to better understand their areas of interest and most relevance to them. Also, where relevant, these interviews could include other stakeholder groups like customers or investors.

What does the report contain?

It provides initial suggestions on some focus areas and some ideas on how to achieve them. In addition, it may propose a high-level plan and some observations on challenges and mitigation strategies. There is also an overview on the sustainability priorities of staff and other stakeholders like investors and customers. 

How long does it take?

 This depends on the size and complexity of the organisation, but the aim would be to produce a first draft of the within a few days. This assumes that the relevant information has been provided to enable the benchmarking.

Do you need it?

Can you answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions:

  • Does senior management receive regular reports on your sustainability profile?
  • Have you identified, quantified and planned a reduction strategy for the GHG and waste that your organisation produces?
  • Could you provide a sustainability improvement plan to a stakeholder if they requested one?

If not, then we can help. 

For further information please email us for details: hugh@hesys.co.uk