BS8901: not what you think
Unless, that is, you already knew that it’s a package of time honored, business management processes which can apply to almost any business. There are many things the standard is not:
- it’s not a checklist to create a ‘green meeting’
- it’s not a stamp of approval for your event
- not just about environmental stewardship (‘green’)
- it’s not just for event planners
- it’s not something you ‘phone in’ or enter into half heartedly
- it’s not perfect
What it is: BS8901 is all about practical systems for effective business outcomes. It’s for the owner of the business, not the junior member of the green team. It’s for committed business professionals who aspire to realize triple bottom line (economic viability, social justice, environmental stewardship) benefits. BS8901 is for businesses who want to minimize risk and position for growth over the long term.
The benefit of the standard is not in the marketing value of saying you’re compliant, or in the thinking that it makes you more ‘green’. The value of integrating a proven business system is what’s on the other side of the challenging process of asking the tough questions about creating a sustainable business model (what is our purpose? What are our values and why? What is our measure of success?).
This process, both time consuming and difficult for most of us, is not what you thought it was, but it could be the key to your sustainable future.
Check out the updated version of the standard here