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Sustainability and MSMEs
We support MSMEs in reducing their environmental, social and economic footprints. By incorporating sustainability in their operations, the future of environmental, economic, and societal resources critical to MSMEs operations will be secured in the long term.
Before MSMEs can incorporate sustainability and ESG reporting in their operations they must first establish a plan of action outlining how the organization propose to achieve goals that create financial, societal and environmental sustainability.
A MSME's Sustainability Plan can be simple or complex depending on the size, type and capacity of the organization. It could be a simple two-page document that focuses on a long-term vision and broad goals, or a complex document that outlines specific targets, quantitative indicators and a detailed timeline. What is important is that the MSMEs takes the first step to holistically managing the impacts – both positive and negative – that the organization has on the environment, community and economy.
5 Stages of a Simple Sustainability Plan
2. Evaluate the current impact
Analyse your business inputs, processes, and outputs to be informed as to what impact they have on sustainability in light of your stated vision.
4. Develop an action plan with specific timelines & follow through.
Determine what specific systems and detailed processes
will achieve your targets and goals. Break then down to discrete activities, practices or policies and then make sure someone is responsible for each item. Establish timelines for your targets.
5. Establish performance measurements.
Design a system that measures the performance towards each goal. Defining key performance indicators to meet the identified goals will allow detecting areas for improvement and will provide relevant data to track progress. Metrics and indicators are also central for the reporting and communicating activities of the organization.
3. Set goals and targets
Using your vision and current impacts as a guide, determine what long-term goals you have for your organization. Then use these goals to determine what interim-targets you need to set to achieve your overall goals.