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Provide answers to all of the questions below:
1. Discuss the Kyoto Protocol and Australias obligations under the Protocol, as well as its current targets and the adequacy of these targets.
2. Explain Australias role in the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate.
3. Outline the purpose of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act)
4. Outline the purpose of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act Regulations.
5. Discuss the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Scheme
6. Explain the Australian Packaging Covenant.
7. Discuss the steps in a policy development process.
8. Explain the main components of a policy document.
9. Discuss at least two barriers to introducing policies and procedures.
10. Discuss at least two strategies to overcoming barriers to introducing policies and procedures.
11. Explain the purpose of environmental sustainability indicators and two examples of indicators that can be used.
12. Explain the life cycle management approach in sustainability.
13. Discuss why a company may choose to implement an environmental management systems (EMS) for a company and outline at least three key components of an EMS.
Assessment Task 2: Sustainability Policy and Procedure Project
You are required in the role of Operations Manager of Grow Management Consultants to conduct research and analysis and prepare a briefing report to guide the development of a workplace sustainability policy and procedure. You will consult with stakeholders using your report as a basis for discussion and following the meeting, develop a sustainability policy and procedures, as well as an action plan for implementation of the sustainability policy and procedures.
What do students need to complete this assessment?
Computer and Microsoft Office
Sustainability policy and procedure template
Sustainability briefing report template.
Sustainabiity action plan template
Access to the internet for research info included at:
What do students have to submit?
Sustainability briefing report
Sustainability policy and procedure
Sustainability action plan
Grow Consultants is a consultancy business specializing in leadership consultancy and has been operational for the last five years.
The company offers a range of services to assist companies to assess leadership behaviour of existing managers and performance metrics and to design and implement customized leadership programs based on the assessment. Services are offered Australia-wide with consultants flying in to conduct specific training with companies, as well as offering regular workshops at the companys premises. To date, technology has not been employed in relation to offering training or information, for example, webinars.
The company also writes and produces books on a range of topics about leadership. Currently the company has ten publications, which are published through a publishing house in the USA (Hozit Publishers). One of the Principal Consultants is American and knew these publishers. The cost of publishing the books and shipping to Australia is about the same as it would be use a publisher in Australia.
The books are produced using non-recycled paper and are transported via air to Grow Management Consultants office. They are and then distributed by post to customers from the Grow Management Consultants office. As sales have been slow for the books, the company has also been exploring options for e-books.
The company was established by Principal Consultants, Paul Burns and Sammy Martin, both of who are Directors. The company also employs four Senior Consultants, an Operations Manager, an Office Manager, Administration Officer and Receptionist.
The office premises are owned by the company and are located in an outer lying metropolitan suburb. All staff drive to work in their own cars and there is on-site parking. The nearest railway station is 10 minutes walk from the office.
Paul Burns has recently attended a Sustainable Business workshop and as a result is keen on implementing sustainable practices into the business. The strategic plan has also been recently updated and based on his attendance at the workshop includes the following statement as part of the mission statement:
We are committed, as a business to the well being of both economic and ecological systems, of both humans and other living things.
However, there are no specific actions indicated in the Strategic Plan and so at present the statement appears to be lip service to sustainability.
Paul is keen to develop a sustainability policy and procedures that addresses all aspects of the business including as a minimum travel, purchasing, office energy use, office supplies, and cleaning.
Current issues/practices within the organisation are as follows;
There is older style florescent lighting in all offices, staff room and bathroom. These lights are often left on after the work day has finished. There are no formal energy usage procedures for staff or signage to remind staff.
The company does not have a policy for purchasing equipment and buys equipment when required, often purchasing whatever is on special at the time.
The two principals consultants have company vehicles. Both are now five years old and need to be upgraded.
Staff buy stationary requirements on an ad hoc basis, often resulting in large stocks of items such as notepads and A grade printer paper.
There is a waste bin and recycling bins, which are mostly used correctly.
The company hosts regular meetings and workshops. Catering is provided by an external caterer with all plates and cups supplied (plastic).
The office is cleaned once a week by contract cleaners who use regular cleaning products.
Current company procedures for developing policies and procedures are as follows:
The need for the policy and procedure should be established a preliminary briefing report developed.
This should be discussed at a meeting with the senior management team consisting of at least one of the Principal Consultants. Another staff member should also be selected to ensure representation of all staff.
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