Monday, April 22, 2019
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Sustainability! Proof it works and as a result Cod and Chips is back on the menu.

A couple of months ago my teenage niece, Olivia, and her school team won the Southampton Business Enterprise scheme. While discussing her victory she told me that her teachers keep banging on about sustainability. I avoided the opportunity to get on my soap box about how it can lead to long term benefits but will be emailing her this blog when it is finished.

Last week there was a breakthrough reported in the news providing evidence that when businesses work together to act for the benefit of the environment they too can reap the benefits. The WWF announced that cod is now being caught sustainably off the coast of North East England, apparently stocks of the fish have increased by 52% since 2006. This was achieved by taking drastic measures that at the time appeared to be the end of the great British favourite, Cod and Chips. The supermarkets looked for alternative fillings for fish fingers but they were never the same; now, things are looking up, we’re not out of the woods yet but this proves “short term pain for long term gain” applies in business.

Some efforts to improve the sustainability of your business can result in having to make capital investment or spend time and money on feasibility studies; at present with the economic climate as it is, businesses are reluctant to take the step towards sustainability, maybe the news of this success will offer encouragement.

The environmental management standard ISO 14001 requires businesses to carry out an environmental review, to draw a line in the sand, from which point they can then seek to improve, in my opinion, as with most management standard requirements, this is solid business sense - without an objective review, how can you measure improvement? Last weeks news shows that after that line was drawn, the stakeholders were able to work together and now a ll can reap the benefits and I’ll be first in the queue at the chippy.