How do You Measure Up

How do you measure up?

Struggling to prove your green credentials and frustrated by the high cost of tracking just a single element of your environmental activity? With so many requests for carbon capture, electricity usage, recycling tonnage and many other aspects of maintaining and improving your environmental practices it is easy to forget that people and a healthy bank balance matter too. The National Green Standard (NGS) is designed to help bridge the gap between what can often appear to be conflicting priorities and brings the discipline of a scoring methodology into the assessment so you can track improvements. The NGS is achieved at Bronze, Green or Gold levels and recognises the efforts made by organisations as they balance people, plant and profit through our principles that focus on being Socially Responsible, Economically Viable and Environmentally Sound.

There are a number of ways to get involved with the NGS all designed to support you manage your organisation, promote people development and ensure you are operating environmentally sound practices.  For some the process will start with the on-line self-assessment process.  This is a quick and easy way for an organisation to get feedback on how they fair against the three principles that make up the NGS. From there a number of options are available: on-site training for your managers to help them understand the NGS and how to support the whole organisation to move forward on a journey to recognition.  Perhaps you might like to have a small team trained to undertake internal audits against the NGS criteria before you take the step towards formal accreditation or just got straight in and have a facilitated assessment visit. This approach works well for many organisations as we do all the hard work so you can look forward to an Action Plan, Report and a score to confirm Bronze, Green or Gold accreditation.

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Start me up!

My first ‘big’ business deal was to buy a bus load of tickets for a Rolling Stones concert at St James Park, Newcastle. I hired a coach with driver and advertised to friends and family that ticket price included travel to and from the venue. I made a small profit – enough to cover the cost of my own two tickets, my picnic and drinks for the day and a few pounds extra to invest in my next venture. The success of that deal was thrilling and the concert, well what can I say; it was outstanding. We lost just one of our group to a weekend in Newcastle with a new found love but he turned up eventually with a very happy look on his face and new friend in tow!

The plan was simple, get some of our friends together, get them to a great concert and get them home. In the process enjoy the company, the music, share a life experience and yes make a small profit to use for the next venture. Back then concerns about the planet were less of a priority, not because we didn’t care it was more to do with a lack of information which was restricted to TV, radio and print. Today the world has changed and I’d say for the better in so many ways, however, our world is fragile. We seem to have an exhausting ability to destroy what we should protect and nurture however we should not think that nature is defenceless. Balance and harmony in all things should be what we seek, after all the earth will fight back and recover without us. Our aim should be to live our existence to the full, enjoy the bounty that we can but pay back our respect and seek to do as little harm as we can.

I don’t mean we should turn the clock back; indeed I think we should push further and faster with technology and seek solutions to live better with less impact. Just the other day I saw a fantastic programme on the BBC about fungi and how their properties were being used to create biodegradable packaging and read another piece about a young girl in Africa creating a washing machine out of what most westerners would call rubbish. We need to harness, create, lead and excel in our efforts to love the world we live on.

Let’s get started by recognising those organisations that truly support the triple bottom line and get going with a National Green Standard. To see how you measure up start your on obligation on line survey to get a score out of 1000.

Email us on mary@nationalgreenstandard.co.uk

Flexibility the key to productivity: the profit principle

There is an old saying that fish rots from the head and too often the senior team is where this rot apparently starts. Actually fish and people have something in common and it does in a way relate to rot. We share a planet and while fish live in harmony with their surrounds we, people, seem to have managed to find a myriad of ways to rot our surrounds, place constraints and remove individual innovation form our everyday lives. We need to think and behave and differently; we need to stop making the assumption that someone else will take the lead, that senior people somewhere will find a solution to world problems and save us from ourselves.

I’ve written before about being my own Alchemical Magician and that what I mean by that is that every now and then I have to rethink what I’m doing, why and doing it and find better things to do. That concept applies to us all not just leaders. The National green Standard is a brilliant and innovative tool to help as all stop the rot. This Standard leads the way in showing how organisations of any size can maximise the potential of every employee to become champions of the environment: making organisations into teachers and facilitators! The National Green Standard enables organisation to reinvent the way they work and engage with staff and the communities in which they operate and it rewards them for doing so.

Behaviours will only change if there is an incentive to do so and rewarding good behaviour is a great way to incentivise long term change. Adopting new ways of working is not only difficult to start it is difficult to sustain so we at the National Green Standard have created for you a series of workshop to help you get started and keep going. The National Green Standard is scored from 1,000 points across the three key principles of People, Planet, Profit because we know that money management in any organisation is critical to sustainability and people are your organisation.  So what if you could save money over the next ten years by just adopting a few small changes – the Kaizen approach to continuous improvement. What if you went one step further and informed your employees about changes they could make at home to save a little money each year. Indeed now we are on a roll what about the community that surrounds you? A recent BBC new article stated that the average person in the UK travels 16,000 miles every year, the majority of which is going to and from the workplace. Now imagine if we opted for more home working and cutting that carbon footprint by ten or twenty percent: the impact globally would be huge! Pollution would be reduced and we would have a better work life balance – doesn’t seem like there are any downsides there especially when another study shows that motivated staff are 16% more productive and an overwhelming 91% of respondents to a TINYpulse survey say they’re more productive when working remotely .

A recent HSBC (2017) survey suggested the following:

‘…Almost one on five (18%) employees cite poor work life balance as a reason for leaving their last job – a problem many companies could address with flexible working.

Q: To what extent, if at all, does each benefit/ perk motivate you at work?

  • 88% flexible working
  • 79% remote working
  • 76% financial bonus
  • 71% study leave
  • 60% learning courses
  • 58% away days
  • 52% volunteer days
  • 42% mat/ pat leave above statutory pay
  • 39% subsidised gym memberships
  • 39% wellbeing allowance
  • 37% healthcare insurance
  • 28% Xmas parties’

National Green Standard accreditation will recognise your good practices while challenging you to consider other small changes to impact people, planet and profit. We need to be bold and take giant steps, join a growing revolution by starting your national green Standard journey now for the first step towards long term sustainable business and help stop the rot. So what are you waiting for: contact us on mary@nationalgreenstanadard.co.uk

It’s a balancing act

Is your organisation taking steps to make sure it is environmentally friendly? What about making sure that all stakeholders are considered and cared for? Of course, not forgetting the long term: does your organisation plan ahead and think responsibly? Wouldn’t it be good if there was a way of letting others know that you care for your staff, the environment and are building a long term sustainable organisation? Even better, wouldn’t it be great if you could share with others a better way of working and living? Well if your organisation has woken up to world life balance and is trying to achieve sustainable growth while looking after your employees and stakeholders then you need to look at the National Green Standard accreditation.

National Green Standard is the only accreditation available that supports the triple bottom line approach to measuring success. The Standard encourages organisations to self-regulate their legal and statutory obligations while taking a step further to experience external scrutiny when the time is right for them. National Green Standard is designed to help organisations to look at whether they are socially responsible, economically viable and environmentally sound in the way they operate in the short, medium and long term by providing a mechanism to capture your good practices, get rewarded for your efforts and share your approaches with like-minded organisations who care about how we live, work and look after the planet. Our unique scoring system will help us determine if you have reached Bronze, Green or Gold Standard!

Gaining recognition couldn’t be simpler you can call to arrange a visit or take the no obligation on line questionnaire to get started on your National Green Standard journey.

 

We can be contacted on mary@nationalgreenstandard.co.uk

 

National Green Standard in Action

 

You have put in place your environmental policy and recycling across the organisation is going well, it is monitored and staff have bought into the procedures. This first step in greening your workplace has been met with enthusiasm and the policy in now refreshed to increase the scope so that low energy light bulbs are becoming commonplace as replacements are needed. Old equipment and office furniture no longer finds it ways to a skip and then landfill; it is passed on to others to reuse or to remake into something funky and new.

Now staff are getting creative about greening the workplace and thinking of the office as not just somewhere to spend a large chunk of their time but a place that can be put to good use beyond the function it was designed for. In the kitchen food waste is recycled, herbs are grown in pots and plants have appeared in various locations throughout the building. A small group of staff have organised to litter pick the area around the building and car parks and a local reuse centre has provided picnic benches that are proving very popular. So popular that the office opposite has ordered some too and has planted up a few small areas with wild flowers to soften the hard lines of the building’s entrance.

Next the factory on the corner has installed a sedum roof and a bee keeper has been invited to keep a hive so that honey can be collected. A small group has been set up to look at ways to improve the whole space and work with the local community to improve the area. Tree planting, vegetable plots, picnic areas and walking trails start to appear. In time the whole area is transformed and looks and feels friendlier and safer, there is a renewed energy and community spirit – going to work is not the drag it used to be.

All sound like a pipe dream or an idealised view of reality? Well it may be a story but as with the best stories there is always a fundamental truth behind it. More and more people and organisations are realising that the workplace has a huge impact on the environment and that making small changes can, over time have a positive and cumulative impact. If each organisation made a few simple changes we would all benefit and of course we would be helping to achieve global goals for a better world.

The National Green Standard is designed to recognise the efforts that organisations are making in achieving positive impacts of the environment, society and long term sustainability. If you have started that journey and want to gain the prestigious recognition for your efforts then take the online free survey or drop us an email and we will arrange for a visit. mary@nationalgreenstandard.co.uk

Embed the National Green Standard into your organisational strategy

With so much focus and attention on climate emergency, global political uncertainty and the ambiguity surrounding Brexit, it can be a challenge to remember that many organisations are working hard to make small changes that collectively have a positive economic, social and environmental impact. As a result, many organisations are looking to the National Green Standard to demonstrate their credentials and let other know about the good things they are doing.

The introduction of the National Green Standard in 2016 signalled a new dawn in the battle to work, live and play in a mindful way. Organisations can enhance their business and management strategies by adopting the three Principles and accompanying criteria that comprise the National Green Standard. With a benchmarking score each organisation can easily see what areas to improve and share their best practices with others, should they choose to do so.

Available at three levels: Bronze, Green and Gold the National Green Standard is gaining traction among organisational committed to taking steps to tackle the climate emergency.  Independent assessment makes the process of gaining and maintaining the National Green Standard a robust way to demonstrate your commitment to a socially responsible, economically viable and environmentally sound business practices.

Complete the on-line questionnaire that will start your journey towards recognition against the National Green Standard and see how your organisations can benefit from working with us. There is no obligation and you will get feedback on how you score against the National Green Standard criteria.

Visit www.nationalgreenstandard.co.uk/steps-to-accreditation/

You’ll learn:
– What the National Green Standard looks for in organisations
– Pointers for what you might want to improve
– An initial score out of 1000 to understand how close to achieving Bronze, Green or Gold level accreditation your organisation is.

Join us on the adventure!

Brooker Scaffolding Company Awarded Bronze Accreditation for Sustainability

We are delighted to announce that Brooker Scaffolding Company has been awarded Bronze Accreditation for sustainability and we wish to congratulate them on the success of their efforts and success in this endeavour.  If you are looking for a scaffolding company with a dedication to saving the planet this is the company to call.  click here to take you to their website.

 

LEADERSHIP AND STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT COURSE

 

 

 

A new approach to Leadership and Strategic Management Development

Today’s leaders need many skills and they need to work and act flexibly if they are to succeed. That’s why traditional training programmes are no longer the best option for the emerging leader.

We offer a local payback to young people in your area when you choose to develop your skills with us. We use part of the fees you pay to provide a free Leadership and Strategic Management            Development course to will deliver this development activity.

Falkirk Foundation has a long history of training people in the skills needed on and off the pitch and working in partnership with top leadership trainers they are now pleased to offer a new Action Learning Leadership and Strategic Management Course.

Combining leadership training with physical activity ‘On the Pitch’ is an excellent way to develop skills and embed learning. Add into this mix an action learning approach and you have a powerful set of tools transferable throughout your career.

Mary McLuskey executive coach and management consultant said, “Action learning is a very positive and pragmatic way to apply classroom learning in the workplace; it is a sophisticated process to solve complex organisational problems. Reflection and learning form this approach allows you to make better decisions and become a true leader.”

David Stewart, community manager said, “bringing together the ‘On the Pitch’ training with leadership and strategic management development is a unique offering and one that is rarely available. The opportunity to learn within the walls of a football club does not happen often. Getting to develop skills and knowledge in the changing room or corridors of power adds an extra dimension to the learning process.”

The training programme comprises of a set of 5 core modules plus 1 elective module. In addition each module is matched to an ‘On the Pitch’ training activity and a one hour session of executive one-to-one coaching. The cost of the course includes a Falkirk Football kit so that each cohort has access to the full spectrum of learning.

“All we ask is that participants come ready to learn in a new way and bring their trainers for activity ‘On the Pitch’,” said Mary.

To register your interest in these courses, please click here

Notes

Mary S. McLuskey is a management consultant with over 25 years’ experience. Mary has held positions of CEO and Managing Director and has a number of Non-Executive Director appointments.

Mary studied for an MBA at Glasgow Caledonian University where she was trained by Dr Rev Revan in Action Learning techniques.

Peter McIntyre’s leadership and management spans 39 years of military service from private soldier to Lieutenant Colonel.  Peter is hard working, committed, and gregarious with an easy demeanour and disposition.  His skills include excellent communication, leadership, change management, facilitation, coaching and learning and development.   His passion is teaching, lecturing, coaching and facilitating at all levels. World travelled erudite and diverse with a natural enthusiasm for imparting knowledge.

On the Pitch coaches provided by Falkirk Football Club

 

ADT achieves National Green Standard Accreditation

Applied Driving Techniques (ADT), the award-winning provider of fleet compliance and driver risk management, is the proud recipient of  National Green Standard Accreditation which reflects their commitment towards being socially aware, economically viable and achieving their goals through environmentally sustainable practices.

“This award is further good news for ADT as in 2016 we were also delighted to win both a 2016 ‘Commercial Fleet Award’ and a 2016 ‘Brake Award’ for our partnership with Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE)” said Dr Jim Golby, Director at ADT.  “So, this is our third award within the last four months and very much rewards our efforts of being socially responsible, economically viable and delivering environmentally sound business practices. Driving on company business is the most dangerous “at work” activity undertaken by employees and ensuring that a fully legally compliant approach to safety and well being is in place is a business critical legal requirement which employers must fulfil”.

National Green Standard Accreditation has been developed with a focus on processes, people, and the planet.  The award has a bias towards the Triple Bottom Line Principle which seeks to balance financial growth with corporate responsibility, short-term gains with long-term profitability, and shareholder return with other stakeholder interest.

Commenting on their achievement of the Standard, Steve Homer, Head of Business Development at National Green Stndard said: “As a market leader ADT continues to lead its sector by being the first to receive the National Green Standard Award.  They have actively worked towards the award for several months and have taken advantage of all the support available. This achievement reflects their efforts in continuing to deliver excellence in all aspects of their business whilst being socially responsible, economically viable and environmentally friendly.”

ADT’s expertise lies in helping businesses understand the specific risks facing employees who drive on company business and in the delivery of fully managed services that ensure employers are fully compliant with proactive targeted solutions in place to help reduce accidents, protect staff and save money.

A driver specific Duty of Care Risk Assessment Process forms a key element of ADT’s award winning process and the careful analysis of the results from individual drivers facilitates the targeting of any risk mitigation intervention and training for “higher risk” employees.  The organisation will also ensure employees are legally entitled to drive, using safe vehicles that have a valid MOT, and which are fully taxed and insured for business use.

For ADT, the benefits of achieving the NSGA extend beyond saving money and improving efficiency to helping to protect vehicles from excessive wear and tear which can lead to increased costs and exposure to risk. Their journey towards achieving the National Green Standard Accreditation is an excellent example of how one business can help others to achieve business benefits whilst caring for the environment. Their commitment to improving compliance and employee safety is not their only driving influence.

ADT support organisations to lower their overheads and implement robust risk checks that inevitably ensure they survive longer in a competitive market place. A company with a reduced turnover of vehicles, fewer accidents, and safer drivers at the wheel will naturally be more sustainable. A natural bi-product of an organisation’s commitment to improving the behaviour and safety of its employees driving capabilities is less stress, and wear and tear on company vehicles, lowering replacement rates that naturally contribute to a lower carbon footprint. Successful companies are the ones who recognise areas where they are weakest and are prepared to bring in experts to improve knowledge gaps to build robust processes. ADT’s commitment to improving compliance naturally compliments the National Green Standard focus on making companies sustainable, looking after their people and caring for the environment.

“A key aim of ADT is to help companies avoid unknowingly ‘turning a blind eye’ to their legal obligations relating to their employees driving on company business, irrespective of whether these business journeys are undertaken in a company vehicle or the often over looked group of employees who use their own vehicle – the so called ‘grey fleet’ users” added Dr Golby.  “Many employers still remain unaware that they have exactly the same duty of care and health and safety obligations to their ‘grey fleet’ drivers in terms of reducing risk at work, ensuring their validity to be driving, having business use insurance in place, and the safety of their vehicle.

ADT help their clients develop sustainable best practice policies and green initiatives to address these issues and to ensure that the client is working sustainably so that the contribution to the bottom-line is a positive one.

“The issue of sustainability and putting forward green initiatives is not going away. Every day more people become better informed on how to minimise their impact on the environment. ADT has the unique opportunity of linking customer ethical concerns with businesses economic concerns that will continue to promote it as a market leader.”

Steve Homer, said: “By demonstrating to both peers and potential clients that ADT itself behaves ethically and sustainably they are leading the way within a circular economy and a Natonal Green Standard is supporting their journey.  This award will enable ADT to build further on their success, internally through the feedback received and externally as a marketing tool to help win and sustain business.

“Whether a small, medium or large organisation, the circular economy does affects a business and they can all benefit from it Everything has a value and by working smarter and more sustainably, a business can benefit from being socially responsible, economically viable and delivering environmentally sound business practices. We’re here to help on this journey.”