EFQM Sustainability Stream

CREATING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

When the EFQM Excellence Model was first issued in 1992, it was the inclusion of a criterion called “Impact on Society” that caused the most discussion. What did this mean… and why was it so important? Since then, the knowledge and understanding of topics like 'Corporate Responsibility' and 'Sustainability' have progressed significantly.

Today, one of the 8 Fundamental Concepts of Excellence is defined as “Creating a Sustainable Future”:

“Excellent organisations have a positive impact on the world around them by enhancing their performance whilst simultaneously advancing the economic, environmental and social conditions within the communities they touch”.

Therefore, the EFQM has designed a number of approaches to help organisations on their Journey to Sustainability, addressing Guiding, Recognising and Training needs:

RECOGNISING

The Committed to Sustainability (C2S) approach is based on a respective Framework which includes 5 Themes and 20 Topics and recognises organisations at two levels:

  • Committed to Sustainability Validation: Assess the process to identify and the execution of 3 sustainability related projects, during a 1-day assessment, leading to be recognized with “Committed to Sustainability”
  • Committed to Sustainability Assessment: Assess your organisation on how Sustainable it is on all 5 Themes and 20 Topics, during a 1-day assessment, leading to be recognised with “Committed to Sustainability 2 Star”

TRAINING

EFQM offers two interrelated Training Courses for managers and specialists from departments such as sustainability, corporate responsibility, business excellence, strategy & planning, human resources, communications, procurement, environment, health and safety management and functional specialists.

  • Sustainability Management Training (SMT): A 2-day course, designed for professionals who want to understand the way to manage Sustainability and handle required change, structured around 14 systematic steps.
    • The course is highly interactive, in small teams (maximum number of participants is 12), includes team workshops, individual exercises, best practices from leading organisations, case studies, videos examples etc.
    • Upon successful completion, participants will receive a Certificate of successful completion as “Sustainability Management Professional” by the EFQM.
  • Sustainability Assessor Training (SAT): A 2-day course, designed for professionals who want to be able to assess objectively and improve their organisation's Sustainability level.
    • The course is highly interactive, in very small teams (maximum number of participants is 8), includes team workshops and personalised individual feedback.
    • Upon successful completion, participants will receive a Certificate of successful completion as “Sustainability Assessors” by the EFQM and will be registered as formal Sustainability Assessors of the EFQM.
  • Sustainability e-Learning (SeL): An on-line 60 minutes e-learning awareness course “Let’s Think…” for professionals and employees who want to increase awareness, facilitate thinking process and change behaviour related to sustainability.

GUIDING

The EFQM Sustainability Framework is drawn on the expertise of a group of leading companies and the UN Global Compact. This is designed to be a non‐prescriptive guidance framework, designed to guide any organisation, regardless of size or sector, to become more sustainable.  

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