Looking At Landcare (7/2/2020) – Do You Know Your Suppliers?

Hi Landcarer’s

Following on from last week’s article encouraging regenerative goals instead of sustainability goals, I am looking at ways that we can actually factor in some practical ideas for your organisation.

I think that it is worth starting at the top with the ethos behind your organisation. Did you factor in any of these considerations when you developed your vision and mission statements?

Of course, it doesn’t matter if you don’t need to have this in place to have any goals, but if you are undertaking a review….why not?

As with any new approach, it is essential to have your whole team on board so that there is a stronger possibility of being able to achieve goals with momentum. Staff need to have an understanding of the importance of having goals to work with and understand why they are important. Perhaps even incorporating this as part of your training is something to factor in.

Your organisation ethos and values are linked to these goals, so when someone commences work or volunteers with your organisation they should have a clear understanding of what these are.

Your goals can come under a framework such as: Purchasing/Supply Chain, Infrastructure/Equipment, Staff/workplace wellbeing and Disposal/Recycling.

Under these headings you could list your goals. Always remember that even though this might be a new concept and something that you are excited to undertake, that they need to be attainable. There is nothing worse than setting goals that are just unachievable and can’t have any measure of accessibility. It is also beneficial to set a timeframe and keep them clear and tight.

I will just tackle the first header this week for your Purchasing/Supply Chain. Staff or volunteers need to have an understanding of why looking at improving this from a regenerative perspective is beneficial, both financially and ecologically.

Do you really know your suppliers? Are they also conscious of their supply chain? Does their ethos align with yours? What percentage of Australian, or even better, local products do they sell or promote? Are they committed to reducing kilometres to deliver a product? Perhaps a simple goal here could be to review supplier credentials to assure alignment with your company ethos.

Are you purchasing locally? What could you do to be spending more in your local community?

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