Develop workplace policies and procedures for sustainability
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Task 1 – Knowledge Questionnaire. 5
Legislations and Regulations. 9
Task 1 – Knowledge Questionnaire
|Task summary and instructions
|What is this assessment task about?||This assessment is a written questionnaire with a mix of objective and subjective questions.
The questionnaire is designed to meetthe knowledge required to meet the unit requirements safely and effectively.
The questions focus on the knowledge evidence required for this unit of competency:
· Australian and international standards relating to corporate sustainability
· environmental and sustainability legislation, regulations and codes of practice applicable to organisation
· internal and external sources of information and their use in planning and developing organisational sustainability policies and procedures
· elements required for the development of organisational sustainability policies and processes including:
o agreed outcomes of the policy and procedures
o policy timeframes and costs
o performance indicators
o activities to be undertaken
o assigned responsibilities
o record keeping, review and improvement processes
o common sustainability issues with organisational systems and procedures
o typical barriers to implementing policies and procedures in an organisation and possible strategies to address them.
Your assessor will be looking for demonstrated evidence of your ability to answer the questions satisfactorily, follow instructions, conduct online research and review real or simulated business documentation as instructed.
|What do I need to do to complete this task satisfactorily?||· submit your answers to the questions within the set timeframe,
· answer all questions as instructed,
· answer all questions using your own words and reference any sources appropriately,
· all questions must be answered satisfactorily.
It is advisable to:
· review the questions carefully,
· answer the questions using online research and the learning material provided for the unit and by reviewing real or simulated relevant business documentation (such as policies and procedures),
· further research the topics addressed in each question.
|Specifications||You must submit to GOALS the
· assessment coversheet,
· answers to all questions,
|Resources and equipment||• computer with Internet access,
• access to Microsoft Office suites or similar software,
• learning material.
|Re-submission opportunities||You will be provided feedback on your performance by the Assessor. The feedback will indicate if you have satisfactorily addressed the requirements of each part of this task. If any parts of the task are not satisfactorily completed, the assessor will explain why, and provide you with written feedback along with guidance on what you must undertake to demonstrate satisfactory performance. Re-assessment attempt(s) will be arranged at a later time and date. You have the right to appeal the outcome of assessment decisions if you feel that you have been dealt with unfairly or have other appropriate grounds for an appeal. You are encouraged to consult with the assessor prior to attempting this task if you do not understand any part of this task or if you have any learning issues or needs that may hinder you when attempting any part of the task.
Answerall the questions below:
List and briefly outline three Australian and international standards relating to corporate sustainability. (20 – 30 words each)
|Three Australian standards are related to corporate sustainability such as
1. AS/NZS 3831-1998 – This is the standard created by the Australian government authorities to provide information related to waste management practices that help in protecting the environment.
2. ISO 14064-1-2018 – This is the standard is that created by the Australian government authorities that guide the organization related to the reporting and quantification of the greenhouse gas removals and emissions.
3. AS/NZS 4261-1994 – This is the standard created by the Australian government authorities that provide information related to the requirement of the reusable container intended for safe transportation and collection of sharp items that are used in human as well as animal medical applications.
Some international standards are related to corporate sustainability such as
1. ISO/IEC 13273-1:2015 – This is the international sustainable standard that provides information related to the concepts and fundamentals of the energy management terminology and energy efficiency.
2. ISO 1441 – This is the standard that provides information related to environmental management that company uses to protect the environment and also save their resources for future perspectives.
3. ISO 50047:2016 – This is the international standardthat provides information related to the approaches for energy saving in the organization to save the cost of the business.
Think about an organisation that you are familiar with, what is the environmental or sustainability legislation, regulations and code of practice that is applicable to the organisation?
List and describe three (30-50 words/description)
|Environmental or sustainability legislation, regulations and code of practice||Brief description|
|Environment protection act, 2019||This act is introduced by the government of Australia to provide information related to recycling plastic material instead of throwing it.|
|Water act, 2007||This act is introduced by the Australian government to provide information related to water-saving practices that all the peoples of Australia follow to save the water resources for future perspective.|
|Environment protection and conversation act, 1999.||This act is introduced by the government of Australia to provide rights to the people that they take corrective action any time they see other people or companies damage the environment (Aghelie, 2017).|
|Identify and list 2 internal and 2 external sources of information that can assist when developing sustainability policy and procedures for an organisation.
Outline how they can be used when developing a sustainability policy. (30-50 words)
Write a brief explanation of the elements required for the development of organisational sustainability policies and processes listed in the table below. (30 – 40 words each)
|agreed outcomes of the policy and procedures||Stakeholders try to reuse or recycle the resources if possible, instead of throwingthem. In this way, resources of the business are saved and the cost of the business is also saved.|
|policy timeframes and costs||Policy timeframe and cost are required to provide training staff related to sustainability procedures and also purchase the sustainable items to implement the sustainability in the workplace.|
|Performance indicators are the type of tool that a company uses to measure the sustainable or environmental protection performance of their employees(Moscardo, et al., 2013).|
|activities to be undertaken
|The company must develop a waste management plan and adopt modern techniques that help the business by saving their resources and cost from wastage.|
|The company must assign duties to the senior stakeholder of the business related to encouraging the employees from time to time to save the energy and resources of the business.|
|record keeping, review and improvement processes
|The senior manager of the company must store the data related to the training and induction program that the company conduct to provide training to staff related to sustainable procedures. The senior manager must review or observe the activity of the staff on regular basis to identify whether they follow the sustainability policy and procedure or not.|
|common sustainability issues with organisational systems and procedures
|Some issues are related to sustainability such as
1. Employees do not put their computersin hibernation mode during lunch(Moscardo, et al., 2013).
2. Employees forgot to close the water tap after use.
3. Employees forgot to switch off the lights and fans after use.
Explain your approach for each of the following barriers and challenges when implementing policies and procedures inside an organisation:
|An employee does not believe the new policy will be a benefit to the workplace. They believe the current process is working well||To increase the importance of the new policy, the company must conduct an education and induction program to provide information to staff members related to the benefits of the new policy.|
|Employees avoid using the new policy as they found it too complicated||If employees avoid using the new policy, then the manager of the company must conduct a meeting with staff to provide actual information related to the development of policy and also the benefit of the policy. The managerasks their doubts related to the new policy.|
|Lack of resource allocation by management caused issues in updating most of the policies and procedures||The company must use resource management software to track how much resources are used by the employees to complete their work and how much resources are wasted during the work progress. After identifying the information, the company establish the system to provide the limited resources to the employees every month to complete their tasks and also encourage them for optimum utilization of the resources.|
|Please include your references below:
(Please refer to this referencing guide if needed or speak to your trainer for any specific referencing requirements for this assessment)
Aghelie, A. (2017). Exploring drivers and barriers to sustainability green business practices within small medium sized enterprises: primary findings. International Journal of Business and Economic Development (IJBED), 5(1).
Moscardo, G., Lamberton, G., Wells, G., Fallon, W., Lawn, P., Rowe, A., … & Kershaw, W. (2013). Sustainability in Australian business: principles and practice. Wiley-Blackwell.
Appendix 1 –Useful Links
Legislations and Regulations
- Standards Australia: https://www.standards.org.au/
- International Organisation for Standardisation: https://www.iso.org/home.html
- Environmental Act: https://www.environment.gov.au/epbc
- Sustainability Victoria: https://www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/
- Business Victoria: https://www.business.vic.gov.au/marketing-and-sales/sustainable-business/environmental-sustainability-hub
- Energy Savers: https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/save-electricity-and-fuel/lighting-choices-save-you-money/how-energy-efficient-light
- Sustainability facts: https://www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/…/content/pdf/sustainability_facts.pdf