Whether you are in the Danny Healy-Rae or Éamon Ryan (of the Green Clan) school of Sustainably in terms of Global Warming, the one definition of ‘Sustainability’ from the Oxford dictionary that is without dispute is the following …. ‘able to be maintained at a certain rate or level or the ability to continue or be continued for a long time’.
In terms of Lean Six Sigma this is the main focus of its relevance. Specifically sustainability is;
However a more interesting development in the Lean Six Sigma space is the direct and indirect benefits to a sustainable environment and the world we live in, that some projects derive. This has become a feature of the SQT, QQI Program in the last few years and shows the changing nature of project selection whereby a more holistic approach is being taken by companies rather than purely focusing on manufacturing processes. These projects also have the added benefit of addressing the requirement for reducing environmental impacts as part of the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS) standard. Moreover, in larger corporations who want to enable a greener and more environmentally friendly focus and image, one or more of these type of projects are selected on an annual basis.
Primary examples that have delivered success include;
I am sure Danny or Éamon irrespective of their differing views would agree that delivering such Projects can only be a good thing!
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