Delivering an accessible and visual graphic of an organisation’s biggest environmental and social ‘impacts’ is hugely powerful. It enables leadership teams to make business critical decisions on how to address an organisation’s footprint.
Carbon emissions are not necessarily the only factor to consider in a quest to be regarded as a sustainable business. Footprinting exercises can extend to taking account of your water usage, waste and your social impacts amongst numerous parameters, and will consider how you source materials, your employee relations or even extend to a footprint of the sustainability credentials of your whole supply-chain. You may decide that an ecological footprint is most relevant. This offers a balanced assessment of all your impacts, including carbon and water, but also waste, hazardous materials, and your impact on nature’s eco-systems.
Used effectively a footprint can shape your sustainability strategy, assist with identifying areas with the largest impacts and help you determine action plans to address those areas of biggest impact.
Our approach to any type of footprint work is pragmatic:
- We’ll understand your objectives, agree the programme and scope of reporting and ensure clarity on the scope of the footprint and who you are trying to target
- We conduct site visits, engage and interview key staff and understand how your relevant data is collected
- We’ll report findings and benchmark you against industry standards
- We’ll suggest an improvement plan and help you implement that effectively
- We’ll present the footprint in a manner to facilitate communication of the results
- We’ll carry on working closely with you, helping you measure results, and identify successes and those areas that demand more scrutiny
No business stands still. So the models we produce, usually a web-based tool, enable our clients to understand the impact of changes in their business, or to production specifications and patterns.
Product Footprinting for Diageo
WSP evaluated the carbon footprint of Diageo’s Scottish manufacturing operations with the aim of producing a robust understanding of the carbon impact of the supply chain in Scotland. This has helped to develop brand associated carbon labelling and identified the parts of the manufacturing process that contribute most to the carbon footprint. Speak to Andrew for more information at email@example.com