9th November 2016

Sustainability Strategy

Figure out what you want to achieve and how you're going to achieve it.

Sustainability Strategy

A sustainability strategy is critical to implementing high impact sustainability initiatives, focussing on your business objectives and aligning the sustainability approach accordingly. Many organisations overlook this critical document but it is crucial to maximising the benefits of sustainability. The strategy sets your sustainability mission, a vision of what success looks, where you can have the most impact, why you are focussing on sustainability and how you will incorporate it into your organisation. Once you’ve got your strategy you can start developing objectives and KPIs to be tracked and monitored, and planning how and when to communicate with appropriate stakeholders. It’s like a road map for your sustainability journey, showing where your organisation is now, where it wants to get to and how it wants to get there.

Services and Experience

Totem Sustainability can help you assess your organisation, identify your sustainability mission and create your unique sustainability strategy. Totem Sustainability can then support you to turn this into an implementation plan, identify what you’re going to do and who you’re going to need to help you on your journey. Totem Sustainability think this is one of the most exciting and important parts of sustainability, full of great opportunities.

We have planned and delivered sustainability strategies achieving 90% landfill waste reduction, 55% water reduction and 40% carbon reduction, equating to approximately £300k in cost savings.

Strategy Overview

Typical elements of a sustainability strategy will include:

Understand your organisation

  • Market and competitor analysis
  • Interested parties
  • Organisational analysis

Understand your aspirations

  • Why you want to be a sustainable organisation
  • What you want to achieve
  • Your existing objectives


  • Resources you will need
  • Project programme
  • Cost forecast