A COOPERATIVE PROJECT CALLED ÖKOPROFIT
In our search for a way to put our ecological efforts into a fancy certificate, we took the usual route: hearsay, as well as customer and colleague recommendations. In the process, we stumbled upon ECOPROFIT, which sounded very promising, especially for the accounting department. The whole thing stands for "ECOlogical Project for Integrated Environmental Technology", but what's the harm in doing something positive (i.e. profit) out of it (besides the feeling of doing something good for the environment and climate)? Even if it's just the option of being able to offer customers proven added value in terms of sustainability.
The one-year program cooperates with cities and municipalities and takes the companies by the hand through several personal consultations and workshops. In this way, they learn with the support of professionals (in our case, Ökopol took over the supervision), exchange ideas with the other participants and turn a wide variety of adjusting screws over the course of the project. Any company can participate, regardless of size, turnover or industry. At the end of the project, there is an on-site visit during which the company is "audited.
We signed up immediately.
CORONA AND ÖKOPROFIT
Sudden contact restrictions and lockdows quickly moved the actual face-to-face workshops to the Internet, with more or less technical understanding depending on the participant. So virtually like everywhere else in time. For us, the online conferences were somewhat disappointing, as we had hoped for networking with fellow participants. In general, ECOPROFIT is more of a community than a program for individuals. Even after receiving the certificate, many companies join the associated club, which primarily offers networking opportunities in addition to regular expert lectures.
>>Graduates of the program report enthusiastically on their achievements and the knowledge they have gained, and happily invite everyone to their company. We didn't get into a cult here, did we?<<
The workshops in the course also included presentations designed to provide assistance on the mountain of paperwork that came along with the project, in addition to just information. Can we work out a monitoring of waste separation? How many colleagues come what distance to work? And what metrics can be generated by our electricity consumption?
Difficulties arose where we had simply never counted and listed anything before - paper consumption, development of heating costs in relation to the number of colleagues - and suddenly everything was different in the COVID home office. How do you list waste quantities of the last years if you don't even have the possibility to consult the current consumption?
BETACODEX MEETS ÖKOPROFIT
The ECOPROFIT program is suitable for any type of company, but primarily tailored to Alpha. We have been working differently since our transformation, which simplified some of the work in the run, but caused gray hairs in the documentation of the paperwork to be filled out. After all, we have regular communication with all colleagues and everyone was roughly aware of our sustainability efforts from the beginning. The independent teams monitor themselves and usually turn their own set screws. This is no different in the day-to-day work of developing websites than it is in environmental management. However, we were now forced, among other things, to appoint "project managers" and associated "responsible persons and deputies", which actually made no sense in our corporate form. We simply ignored invitations to company meetings, appointment lists for announcements and signatures of the audience at announcements of the project. We wanted sustainability, not over-bureaucracy that would not have offered us any added value.