Key Concepts: Linking Indicators to Policies

An organization often develops a separate environmental or social policy, separate from its overall economic strategy. However, the environmental or social policy should be consistent with the organization’s economic strategy. The policy should integrate the ideas put forth in a number of documents to provide a holistic representation of the organization. Some of the documents that are useful for reference when creating a sustainability policy are the following:

  • Vision Statement
  • Mission Statement
  • Core Values and Beliefs or Code of Ethics
  • Existing Policies
  • Contractual Obligations
  • Stakeholder Requirements
  • Guiding Principles
Once the policy has been created then indicators should be linked to key words and phrases to ensure that the organization is measuring what it has committed to doing.

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