What Is Social Sustainability?
Social sustainability is a process or framework that helps to promote well-being within a business or organisation. This framework also helps to build healthy communities for future generations. Social Sustainability sits alongside the other pillars of sustainability – environmental and economic.
What this means in real terms at BIC is our commitment to Equity, Diversity, Social Cohesion and Quality of Life.
As part of our sustainable development as a business how we manage and strengthen our social and ethical performance internally and across our supply chains is at the forefront of 2020. Since the inception of BIC in 1989, many components of the social sustainability framework have been in place, resulting in a highly diverse and long term workforce, where all cultural and life circumstances are embraced and accepted.
As part of this being an underlying core value of BIC, the quality of life and social connection is broadened amongst team members and the wider community. By taking into consideration all aspects of what genuine duty of care means to all peoples across broader communities of diverse backgrounds, the inherent action of being fair and understanding the core values of who are employed is key and life-affirming to every member of the community and BIC team.
Our commitment and belief is that we can always do better, to be authentically socially sustainable we must constantly re-evaluate and assess our own practices and ask are we doing the right thing and how can we improve upon what we are doing? The constant drive for improvement engages our service team members in more rewarding jobs, increases trust and creates greater financial stability for all. By being fully transparent and understanding that social sustainability is a key foundation to how we operate as a business enables us to support and provide the best long term outcomes for our people and communities.
“Connect the dots between individual roles and the goals of the organisation. When people see that connection, they get a lot of energy out of work. They feel the importance, dignity, and meaning in their job”.