Editor’s Note: This guest post is part of a series from the Sustainability Sponsors of the 2019 WBENC National Conference & Business Fair. Each year, WBENC makes strides toward hosting events that more closely follow the precepts of sustainability by reducing our paper output and being more efficient in our energy consumption. Companies that share our mission of sustainability frequently invest in our network by becoming Sustainability Sponsors for our events, encouraging recycling and offering re-usable containers for water and coffee to reduce waste.
Today, NEI Global Relocation shares how they have integrated core sustainability concepts into every process of their business.
What is Sustainability?
Sustainability has been described as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
In 2005, the World Summit on Social Development identified three core areas that contribute to the philosophy and social science of sustainable development: Economic Development, Social Development, and Environmental Protection.
NEI Global Relocation (NEI) has a corporate sustainability program in place and we are committed to explore how to integrate our program through every process of our business – providing comprehensive global workforce relocation and assignment management services to corporate clients.
The following examples demonstrate how we have structured core sustainability concepts into our workplace at NEI Global Relocation (NEI):
It is important to build business in a responsible manner and be attentive to the conservation of resources and fiscal stewardship. If you do not “sustain” your business, you may not be in business in the near or not-to-distant future, which would affect you, your family, your employees and their families, vendors and their families, your community, and the list goes on. It is all connected.
So, where do you begin? NEI started with a watchful eye toward what we were doing and how we could build a sustainable (cost effective and efficient company) that would stand the test of time.
Here are a few examples we have adopted along the way:
NEI implemented a two percent Time Efficiency Initiative company-wide, which resulted in saving more than four (4) percent in the first year and has led to further streamlining of our processes and those used for the benefit of our customers.
Printed materials are converted to digital files and digital signature technology is used whenever possible – agreements, brochures, newsletters, satisfaction evaluations, initiations, etc.
We seek to work with Sustainable Service Partners that have developed innovative services like Discard and Donate in support of our relocation services – 2018 NEI program results included 1,412 trees saved/planted, 16,947 gallons of fuel saved, 42,368 pounds of cardboard/paper consumption reduced.
NEI invested in a workflow management technology solution to streamline our processes, increase accuracy and tracking capabilities and further reduce paper usage and waste.
Social Development (Social Responsibility)
Some consider all sustainability efforts to fall under social development; however, social development in the context of social responsibility and community, deserves to be recognized separately.
Working to help others in our community have housing, health care, cultural competence, basic human needs met, emergency services and opportunity should be a part of every company’s business plan, no matter how small. As a company, we can bring those values and opportunities to our employees and help our communities in more ways than one would expect.
In our organization all contribute in some way, as either individuals, groups or in corporate sponsored events. From volunteering to donating to organizing groups for specific needs – everyone looks forward to helping.
As an organization, we also feel it is important to provide training for our employees and help them not only understand our business to do their job, but, with their professional development as well.
Your impact in social responsibility grows exponentially when you “spread the word” and include others in your efforts, such as your employees’ friends and family members…maybe even your suppliers.
Another goal of sustainability is to help maintain the health of the land, air, and waters of our world. Through the efforts of our Green Committee and NEI leadership, we have been able to engage our entire workforce to think green. In one example, we identified several positions that could be converted to virtual roles for our company, allowing NEI to reduce our carbon footprint by 208,000 pounds of CO2 and eliminate the burning of 10,400 gallons of fossil-burning fuel each year.
Some other activities that directly impact our ability to reduce of our carbon footprint include:
Programing lights and sprinklers to be used during the most efficient times of the day
Recycling toner cartridges and computer equipment
Arranging onsite recycling bins for paper, batteries, plastic bags, aluminum and other recyclables
Following eco-friendly standards for purchasing office furniture, soap, paper towels, tissue dispensers, energy star appliances and energy efficient lighting with sensors
NEI developed a Green Policy, which guides our business decisions today and into the future. Through action and innovation, we continue to encourage practices and programs that conserve resources, recycle and use renewable resources whenever feasible.
In addition, NEI participates in sustainability certification assessments like Eco-Vadis, the Electric Utility Industry Sustainable Supply Chain Alliance and the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) to analyze our progress and hone our awareness of how to continuously improve our sustainability efforts.
Success in sustainability is realized when social, economic and environmental concerns are addressed together. NEI has found it extremely helpful to have its “green committee” focused on initiating the effort and holding ourselves accountable. Equally important has been finding certification opportunities that challenge us to continuously improve.
We hope this article provides you with at least a few ideas on how you might contribute to a more eco-friendly business world. Best wishes to all of you for a successful journey toward sustainability.
NEI Global Relocation is a Sustainability Sponsor for the 2019 WBENC National Conference & Business Fair, one of WBENC’s signature events featuring innovative educational programming, inspiring keynotes, 1:1 MatchMaker sessions, networking opportunities, and an unrivaled Business Fair.