BU is committed through its strategy to embed sustainability across all its activities with the aim to contribute towards achieving the UN SDGs. BU uses its Environmental Management System, certified to ISO14001:2015, to drive continual improvement and recognised the SLS as a new tool to capture and identify risks and opportunities.
Building on this strong strategic position, a presentation about the SLS and its potential benefits was delivered to the Sustainability Committee, to secure their support for completing the tool. In addition, being involved in the development of the Green Scorecard and having the support of the Director of Estates was also key.
The Sustainability Manager identified the key stakeholders for each topic area and contacted them asking for their support in completing the SLS. Meetings of between ½ hour and one hour were scheduled to complete the tool online. Whilst this was time consuming, it did ensure a consistent approach and completion of the SLS to an agreed deadline. The expectation is less time will be needed next time as stakeholders will be familiar with the tool. The completed SLS was reported to the Sustainability Committee in September 2018.
Yes, those staff responsible for the different topic areas were identified in a stakeholder mapping exercise and then contacted them asking for their support in completing the SLS, emphasising the importance of BU completing the tool and the benefits. Face to face meetings were essential in completing the SLS and delivering positive outcomes.
You can also hear about our approach to the SLS here