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:
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:
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.
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.