AS the focus on environmentally sustainable work places becomes increasingly more urgent – and indeed an issue which all businesses need to address – the question is when, not if!
Ronson Gears is one company that is taking the initiative, already well into an internal audit process to determine how it can best reduce waste, and implement more sustainable work place practices.
Whilst pragmatic about the financial investment and importance of commitment from the top, management at the company also believes that without the full understanding and support of employees, the impact of even the most visionary of sustainability plans could be compromised.
Staff engagement is a critical factor in the company’s endeavour to reduce waste. During an off-site workshop back in 2007, the drive for less waste in the work place was initiated.
Since then, action plans have been put in place and a number of small work groups have been formed to focus on specific areas of the company functionality.
Whilst still in the early stages, the gear manufacturer is very satisfied with the improvements already being made in the paper flow process.
Manufactured parts has been identified as the perfect test case to develop improved efficiencies in the future.
According to Gordon New, the company’s Managing Director, the issue of climate change is also being addressed at the company’s manufacturing plant in Highett, Victoria.