Operational Waste Production
The Impaakt Team
8 min Read Time | March 21st 2023
When rating the value of a company’s impact, consider the absolute impact described. This is the direct impact caused by the unsustainably managed waste generated by a company’s operations. How negative do you consider impacts related to waste disposed of unsustainably, like landfilling, and incineration without energy recovery to be?
When rating the scale of a company’s impact, evaluate the amount of waste disposed of unsustainably, the types of waste (hazardous and non-hazardous) generated and the impact waste has on the environment as well as how likely/easily it is to be reversed.
Remember to keep the score in perspective. Companies manufacture and make available a wide range of necessary products and generate waste as a byproduct of their manufacturing activities. In this sense, the company’s operational waste should be rated as a cost of the company’s core product contributions to society.
How do we incorporate the topic of Operational Waste Production into multiple categories within our frameworks?
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Value is the absolute impact the topic has on the planet or society. To assess the value you need to think about how positive or negative you consider the topic and the impact described.
The value is linked to the topic treated and not to the company’s specific impact. Thus, the value should hold some consistency across industries.
When deciding your rating on the value, ask yourself:
How negative do you consider impacts related to operational waste production, like soil and water pollution, to be?
Note: Due to the nature of this topic, it should be rated negative or strongly negative.
The scale is related to the company’s impact. It consists of three dimensions: Breadth, Depth, and Persistence.
The breadth captures the range or extent of the company’s impact and it is related to the quantitative part of the analysis. For this topic, the breadth is multi-dimensional and can be addressed from different angles considering what is disclosed in the analysis.
When deciding the breadth, answer the following questions:
How vast is the company’s impact?
How much unsustainably managed waste was generated by the company?
How much of the waste was hazardous and non-hazardous?
Depth is related to the complexity and profundity of the impact described (i.e., it's related to the extent of the impact).
When deciding the depth, answer the following questions:
How profound is the impact?
How severe is the impact caused by the company’s waste?
What type of waste is the company improperly managing and how is this waste affecting ecosystems?
Persistence evaluates the impact of the company over time (i.e., is linked to the duration of the impact described)
When deciding the persistence, answer the following questions:
How long-lasting is the impact described?
How long will the landfilled waste take to decompose?
How has the company managed its waste over time?
Have the amounts of waste that are unsustainably disposed of by the company increased over the years?
How long will it take for the altered ecosystem to recover?
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