An office or offices attached to the various areas of the plant needs to have certain norms that can be followed so as to maintain the efficiency levels right from the manager to the staff up to the worker’s levels. I am focusing on the offices of the plant or just offices of the company. It is assumed that the company is large in size and can afford what I am recommending.
Each staff member must be allocated adequate floor space area where he can be accommodated with his cubicle which can have a Computer and a Desk for paper work. First of all the entire office including the manager’s cabin must be air-conditioned so that all the employees including the managers can work at the optimum level of efficiency. Air –conditioning nowadays is Central air-conditioning through ducts and false ceiling so as to cater to fairly large offices.
Outside the buildings which have the offices there should be a lot of greenery, which should be developed by landscaping and through grass and orchids. The entire scheme should be pleasant to the eye reflecting the image of the company.
Making an organization ‘go green’ is a collective effort. The people working for the organization, business processes and supply chains should all be gelled with one another in an endeavour to meet the bigger objective of leading the company towards a green future. While the process and supply chain aspects are business driven the people centric aspects of going green can be well achieved if the HR either drives or supports the CSR functions in the ‘greening’ process.
Make your office or unit a green building:
Green buildings are known for the efficiency with which they use resources energy, water and materials while reducing building impacts on human health and the environment during the building’s lifecycle. Green buildings reduce waste, pollution and environmental degradation. Green buildings use natural materials that are available locally and are known to reduce operating costs by using less energy and water, improved public and occupant health due to improved indoor air quality and reduced environmental impacts. While it would be best to adopt green architecture in the construction stage itself. Existing buildings too can go green to a large extent.
Switch to LED (light emitting diode) lights:
Since LED lighting has superior visual impact, high-efficiency performance and long lasting attributes, it has successfully replaced conventional lighting technology in several commercial lighting applications with significant saving in energy cost.
With the issue of climate change, business should move towards lowering carbon emissions and emissions from all kinds of operations and not just manufacturing units. Account for indirect emissions like purchased electricity, in-bound and out bound logistics. Identifying carbon intensive processes and establishing potential greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction through intervention – either through technology or process change. Establish your carbon inventory of emissions by establishing organizational and operational boundaries.
Institutionalize green governance and build environmental improvement as part of the business strategy to remain focused. Initiate accounting of environmental impact, positive and negative and build it within the management information system to make it a part of your balance sheet.
Accounting may help in establishing the costs and benefits of implementation of clean / green technologies and hence establish the business case.
Companies have to think alternatively in terms of raw materials, manufacturing processes, supply chain management technology and fuel and accordingly invest in innovation.
Corporates should develop sustainable communities or achieve efficiencies in energy, waste and water. Focus on localized energy generation, water solutions that reduce or eliminate dependence on state infrastructure and waste management systems that ensure responsible disposal or reuse.
Implement the principle of waste to wealth. Use waste as a resource where the waste of one industry become the raw material/fuel for others. Businesses should establish partnerships where synergies can be explored like waste from sugar industry can be used for generating power and power plant waste is used as an additive in cement while cement industry becomes incinerator to a hazardous/calorific waste.
By its function of contacting all employees across all departments, HR is arguably one of the best placed functions to define and pass on the information to its employees to make them aware of environment friendly behavioural patterns. HR can help towards enforcing greener working practices and changing the way people look at this concept. HR has already got the onerous function to manage the behaviour of people and therefore can contribute to the cause of promoting a movement by introducing certain policies that directly impact the behaviour of an individual. The working atmosphere should be environment friendly and at the same time employee friendly so that productivity of work can be maintained.
HR and all other departments have important roles to play in the pursuit of environment friendly businesses. Its closeness to people across departments makes it arguably the most suitable business function to introduce and enforce greener working practices and transform environmentally unfriendly behaviour.