- SUE BRUNING
My last blog, 3 Steps to Start the Sustainability Journey, recommended steps to get the ball rolling on sustainability reporting. After you’ve mapped it out and been on the journey for awhile, you may ask yourself, “What’s next?” That’s normal, and how it works any time you accomplish a goal. You reassess: what still fits, what have you grown out of, how have needs and desires changed? Cascade’s Sustainability Council asked these exact questions after working our way through the company’s first three-year sustainability plan and having four years of sustainability reporting under our belt.
Going beyond basic reporting and pushing your sustainability efforts improves your relationship with stakeholders and ensures your goals are aligned for long-term success. In this blog post, I offer you the next three steps to take your organization’s sustainability efforts to the next level.
What a journey it has been. Our company has evolved significantly over the last five years — from a drilling partner to comprehensive environmental field services contractor. So too has Compass™, Cascade’s Corporate Sustainability program.
The Compass name was quite fitting back in 2014 when Cascade was just launching a formal sustainability program. Together, we navigated through what the triple bottom line really means to the organization and our stakeholders. We’ve learned how Excellence on Every Level translates to sustainability, from the grassroots efforts of our Green Team to the highest levels of management on our Sustainability Council.
This year, we created our second-generation Sustainability Plan which we call the 2020 Plan. A large-scale stakeholder engagement effort kicked off the process as well as a total reassessment of our goals and key performance indicators. All of this helped align our efforts with the new GRI Standards.
It’s been a privilege to serve with my peers on Cascade’s Sustainability Council. Compass continues to guide us as we move into the next level of our sustainability journey. I’m optimistic about the road ahead. No doubt there will be challenges and distractions along the way, but together with our stakeholders, we will continue to push the boundaries.
Cascade released our 2018 Corporate Sustainability Report on Earth Day, April 22, 2019. View or download the report here.