People, planet, profit

How to save money and our planet

Climate change, C02 reduction measures and all kind of climate protests. Every day there is something in the news headlines. And honestly, it annoys me! Why? Because we are masters in pointing out why we should not do something. At least in the Netherlands..

  • Reducing speed limits? It only helps a fraction, so why do so?
  • Lowering CO2 emissions? Other industries have a bigger impact, so why us?

    It might all be true, but still I prefer a different approach. Start doing something to save our planet. Learn from it. And do even better things afterwards. And the good news: besides saving our planet, you will also save money!

    According to research all companies can cut down emissions by 25%. Without fundamentally changing how they operate. Just by optimising their processes.

    In other words: minimising energy consumption, minimising waste and recycling as much as possible, while simultaneously improving your financial numbers and service to your customers.

    It might sound too good to be true, but it is not. However, accomplishing this is easier said than done. And we know it. We have seen many companies fail in optimising their processes. Why? Because they only focus on optimising their processes. Do you really want to harvest the full potential and become an excellent organisation? Embed the following elements in your organisational DNA.

    1. Alignment & focus
    Define clear business goals. Not (only) the financial goals you want to achieve in 5 years. Ask yourself the question what your organisation contributes to society. To its people and the planet. This is your right to exist on the long term.

    2. Engaged and high-performing teams
    Make roles & responsibilities of every individual transparent. Respect and benefit from the diversity in skills, capabilities and personalities that are present in your organisation. Create a culture in which you may fail. A culture in which you learn from these failures as a team. To maximise engagement and results.

    3. Excellent data-driven processes
    Standardise the way you execute your daily activities. Make agreements on how to execute the work and make these agreements measurable. This creates a link between your business goals and your daily activities. This assures that your whole organisation is moving in the same direction.

    4. Operating system
    Translate your business goals into actionable plans. Set up a structured set of meetings to guide and control progress on these plans. To control the quality of execution of your daily activities, based on data. Learn daily what is required to improve your performance.

    We cannot stop our current way of living. But we can limit our impact on the planet. And the good news: the improved financial results and increased customer satisfaction are for free!
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