Achieving business efficiency and environmental health and safety best practice relies on businesses and the individuals who work for them having a clear picture of what is required. Whether it be a regulation, a voluntary standard, or an internal best practice procedure, it is important that requirements are based in reality, are practical and relevant and are easy to understand for existing stakeholders and those new to the table.
In this arena, Arcadian Solutions believes that less is more. No matter the type of requirement – voluntary or mandatory, standards or guidelines, the fact remains that they are most effective when they are designed with a logical flow with clear and specific direction, and include step by step flow charts, illustrative pictures and graphics. We have extensive experience in the development of regulations, standards, best practices guidelines, and handbooks that underpin real change and ongoing success.
// Case study //
Sustainability Victoria: Buy Recycled Resource Program for Local Government
Arcadian Solutions was contracted to prepare a Buy Recycled Resource Kit for Local Government and to assist six councils in Victoria to implement the Kit in their organisations. The resulting Buy Recycled Resource Kit contains a number of key elements including:
- Advice on how to implement a “Buy Recycled” policy
- Advice on overcoming myths and barriers
- A model purchasing policy and statement
- Ten fact sheets on recycled materials
- Six case studies of examples of local government purchasing of recycled products
- The EcoRecycle Guide to Recycled Products
In addition to the Kit, Arcadian Solutions worked with six councils to develop pilot Buy Recycled programs and prepare implementation case studies to describe the experiences of each council. Participating organisations included three metropolitan and three regional councils. Feedback from project participants was positive. The process used to facilitate the implementation case studies involved a great many local government stakeholders within the six councils that participated.
“Conscientious and thorough. Provided us with excellent representation to our key stakeholders.”
— Mark Kenny, Sustainability Victoria
“Having worked closely with Libby over the past 5 years, I can confidently say that she has exceptional skills in the establishment of high quality, productive and successful environmental programs.”
— Ian Coles, Sustainability Victoria