"Corporate sustainability" has gotten much attention recently from boards of directors and CEOs. Sustainability is a paradigm shift within our changing world that views economic gain as being the result of, rather than in spite of, businesses minimizing their negative impacts on the environment and society.
Orr & Boss assists clients by integrating a sustainability philosophy into mainstream operating practices. By following a systematic approach, we assist clients in (1) evaluating current sustainability practices, (2) developing an improved strategy and set of practicable recommendations, (3) quantifying the benefits of executing the strategy, and (4) providing hands-on implementation assistance.
The three areas of sustainability in which we focus are:
Waste Elimination: Through the elimination of waste -- including raw materials, energy, material byproducts, packaging, defective products, etc. -- the negative impacts of waste are minimized and significant cost reductions are realized.
Transportation Costs: Through effective freight management and distribution network optimization, a reduction in fuel emissions occurs, resulting in a smaller carbon footprint. The economic benefit is fuel and fleet maintenance cost reduction.
Compliance Costs: A responsive regulatory compliance program increases environmental and societal benefits and reduces costs related to accidents, governmental fines, insurance rates, etc.
Revenue Growth: Customer demand for sustainable products is dramatically increasing in some sectors, resulting in revenue growth and premium pricing opportunities for suppliers. Increasingly, customers are also deselecting suppliers for not meeting sustainability criteria. We help clients maintain their status on their customers' preferred vendors lists.
Risk Management: A proactive sustainability strategy helps to minimize risk related to lawsuits, regulatory noncompliance, customer boycotts, shareholder actions, etc.