Given the impacts of climate change, businesses and governments have had to take meaningful action to change their processes and value chains to be more sustainability oriented. However, when it comes to defining sustainability, each organization has a different set of conditions that determine what the definition will be. Among these conditions are the organization’s mission, programs, products, services, supply chain, and stakeholder concerns. The first step to becoming a sustainable organization is to define what sustainability means in your context. A contextualized definition of sustainability is determined by first performing a sustainability assessment.
The assessment itself is a series of questions, research, interviews, and analysis that produce a comprehensive and actionable report that is intended to further inform strategic planning, marketing, or operational planning.