One of THP’s core values focuses on responsibility within our community and society as a whole. A significant part of this is awareness of our impact on the environment. Each company can approach this in a different way and depending on your industry and product, there are both visible and more discreet ways of being more environmentally conscious.
For THP in the FMCG sector, we made a conscious effort to invest in aseptic technology that significantly reduces the amount of water needed throughout the bottling process. Theoretically, Vietnam should not suffer shortages, as it has one of the largest number of renewable fresh water sources in the world. However, bad management and uncontrolled development means this is no longer the case. This is one of the reasons we’ve committed to maintaining international standards and being conscious of our environmental footprint; achieving the ISO 14001: 2004 certification covers environment management.
Being aware of your environmental impact differs for everyone, ask yourself the following as you implement ways to be more environmentally-conscious:
- Where do your operations reside and what are the needs of your community?
Where you and your business reside will determine the unique environmental needs and challenges. Geography, weather, and other factors are characteristics that you can both directly and indirectly impact. Do your research and understand the challenges within your community. Then, reflect on how your business can help mitigate those challenges. Reflect on what aspect of your business is most feasible to change and which areas will make the greatest impact – e.g. manufacturing, distribution, etc.
- What is the industry standard?
Another source of inspiration can come from what others in your industry are doing or NOT doing regarding environmental sustainability. Find out how others are leveraging different processes, methodologies, and technologies to become more environmentally responsible and efficient. When you begin to understand your community’s unique needs you can look within and outside your industry for best-practice approaches that address your desired concerns. Part of running a successful business is being a responsible steward over the land you use, the materials you source, and the impact you have on the environment. Learn more about how you can be more aware of your environmental footprint by visiting my website today.