Roy Bidder, Optimised Energy's Head of Operations, explains what we’re doing to turn our sustainability strategy into a reality.
“Sustainability is a journey, not a destination.” Not my words - they’ve been used by many organisations over the past decade - but they have particular relevance to Optimised Energy.
Since we were founded almost two decades ago, we’ve helped countless organisations take the next steps on their sustainability journeys through energy efficiency measures, clean energy procurement, renewable generation and more. At the same time, we’ve been on a journey of our own and it’s one that has taken us from sustainability being a vital part of what we do, to sustainability being a core reason for what we do.
I am genuinely proud and excited to be leading Optimised Energy's purpose-led sustainability strategy, a strategy built on three key ingredients:
1. Sustainable Team In any organisation, sustainability doesn’t just happen. It needs a team dedicated to driving the agenda. That’s the role of Optimised Energy's Sustainability Team, who have already been central to the introduction of the following initiatives.
2. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
SDGs are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nationals General Assembly in 2015. They are a grand blueprint for sustainability by 2030, addressing the full range of global challenges, from poverty and inequality to climate; environmental degradation to prosperity, peace and justice.
Image courtesy of Sustainable Development Goals Knowledge Platform
Earlier this year the Sustainability Team hosted a dedicated SDG workshop to assess which of the 17 goals were relevant to our business. We identified three goals as being material to Optimised Energy:
3. Good health and wellbeing
7. Affordable and clean energy
12. Responsible consumption and production
Whilst we’re concentrating our efforts on these specific goals, we will also be contributing to the other 14 SDGs wherever we can. We’re already ‘gifting’ volunteering hours for each member of the team, finding more inventive ways to raise money for charity, choosing the cleanest, greenest transport options, and offering free fruit for employees.
We’ll be tracking our progress over the year to monitor the difference we make. And we will share our progress publicly and transparently in an annual sustainability report.
3. B Corp
The third element in our sustainability strategy is B Corp certification. B Corp is the only holistic assessment of a business’ sustainability. It’s a rigorous process which examines our entire social and environmental performance, including our workers, community, environment, customers, supply chain, employee benefits and more. Thousands of organisations worldwide are now B Corp certified, and we hope to confirm our own accreditation later this year.
Sustainability comes in many different forms. The SDGs that most affect – and are most affected by - us may not be the ones that most apply to you. But where affordable, clean energy, sustainable communities or responsible consumption (SDGs 7,11 and 12 respectively) form part of your strategy, we’d love to help you achieve them.