The open, collaborative approach we demonstrated with this project is not only a new way of working for Port Authority, but is a novel approach to ‘sustainability planning’ in general.
For many organisations ‘sustainability planning’ results in a document describing high level goals, but does not intentionally change mindsets and behaviours along the way. Because Port Authority created an open platform for staff who are passionate about sustainability to step forward and take an active role in the planning process, we saw positive shifts in behaviour and action across the business before the Sustainability Plan was even finalised.
“Initially I thought we were after a glossy PDF, but since undertaking the process, the real plan is to have our employees engaged, setting their own targets, and being able to achieve more than just our group could ever imagine.” — Project sponsor
Port Authority’s continued commitment to working openly and collaboratively will also ensure all staff and stakeholder interests are considered beyond the planning process, right through into the design and implementation of each initiative in the Sustainability Plan.
Port Authority will publish its Sustainability Plan internally and externally, demonstrating its commitment to achieving better social, environmental, organisational and economic outcomes.