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Sustainability – A Performance Improvement Lens
Leading organizations are re-imagining and re-shaping their long-term competitive business strategies. They're moving away from a now-outmoded view of sustainability as a compliance or reporting risk alone. The result: significant opportunities to achieve both short- and long-term value become apparent. Today, management teams are seeking to realize such potential benefits as:
- through the introduction of environmentally or socially responsible products and services; penetration of new consumer markets; and a stronger competitive position.
- through increased resource and operational efficiencies; rationalization of assets and suppliers; waste reduction; and the elimination of potential
costs of noncompliance with regulatory requirements.
- through improved transparency in identifying and managing operational events and risks; the development of appropriate and
effective responses to regulatory changes; and protection of brand value
While climate change and sustainability issues and reporting are hot topics – the long-term issues are clear: soaring energy prices, increasing energy security risks, an exploding global population, and a scarcity of raw materials. Businesses are increasingly recognizing and addressing the impacts these issues will bring. In fact, the more forward-thinking enterprises see these trends not as threats at all, but opportunities for process improvement, cost-optimization, innovation and growth – all of which can help to respond to increasing consumer demand and generate a competitive business edge.