To develop your sustainability plan, download the Action Plan (Word template) if you haven't already, go through the actions for each commitment, figure out where you need to start, and make a plan!
Actions to get started:
Start by ensuring you are set up to operate your business based on sound business practices (human resources, health & safety, financial management, paying the correct tax, operating ethically, etc). Make sure you include these actions:
|✓||Review your vision and mission (or purpose), or write one if you don’t have one, and incorporate sustainability.|
|✓||Update your business plan (or write one if you don’t have one) and include short-term and longer-term goals.|
|✓||Develop a system to keep track of your finances and analyse your financial reports regularly.|
|✓||Use a business analysis tool to assess your business and competitive environment. Incorporate this into your business plan.|
|✓||Understand your risk profile and plan accordingly.|
|✓||Operate with good business ethics.|
Actions for doing more:
Once you have the basics sorted, start looking at how you can report on non-financial metrics, and benchmark your performance.
|✓||Include visitor, community and environmental metrics alongside your financial indicators and regularly report on these as appropriate to staff, stakeholders, industry and the public.|
|✓||Benchmark your business against your own performance and that of others.|