Infographic: Sustainability: Profits, Planet and People

Sustainability, sustainable business practices or “green” business is all about what a company can do to minimize damaging impacts on the environment, people and society. It’s the effort your organization makes to do good for our world.

It’s also the better way to do business. Sustainability matters more than ever to today’s employees, customers, and partners. Environmental management best practices have moved well beyond compliance and risk mitigation. Every organization is on its own sustainability journey and Intelex provides environmental management software solutions that makes it possible to mobilize workforces and create sustainable cultures.

EHS professionals are integral to sustainability and operational excellence.  In the past, corporate sustainability efforts focused on environmental issues, such as resource usage and emissions reductions. Attention has turned to other aspects of sustainability, including occupational safety, health and wellness. Companies and their supply chains are managing sustainability through strategic initiatives embedded into daily operations, managed and measured proactively and globally as part of larger business/operational excellence initiatives and stakeholder expectations.

Although sustainability has become a buzzword in recent years, the term “sustainability” – Nachhaltigkeit – was coined in 1713 in response to disappearing forests in Saxony. From the time of the first Earth Day in 1970 to the signing of the Paris Climate Agreement in 2016, companies have expanded their sustainability efforts and embraced the concept of meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

 This infographic touches on some of the high points of the sustainability journey. Click here to see how far we’ve come.

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About Sandy Smith

Sandy Smith is the Global EHSQ Content Lead for Intelex Technologies. Formerly the Content Director for EHS Today, she has been writing about occupational safety and health and environmental issues since 1990. Her work as a journalist and editor has been recognized with national and international awards. She has been interviewed about occupational safety and health for national business publications, documentaries and television programs; has served as a panelist on roundtables; and has provided the keynote address for occupational safety and health conferences.

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