How we cultivate sustainability and help our customers do the same

Aarti DesaiBlog

At Wazoku the tools and processes we recommend to our customers when generating ideas or solving business challenges are the same we adopt internally. Balbu, is what we’ve branded our own idea management platform instance in our organisation. We use Balbu to run internal competitions, test and develop product features and improve operational and business processes to name a few.

Connect, is our customer co-creation community, we use this instance of our product as a forum dedicated to our customers and partners to discuss best practices, share use cases, adopt new product functionality – and – most importantly, share valuable knowledge between one another.

Both Balbu and Connect help our business and product stay relevant and continuously improve, while establishing a feedback loop from our employees and customers.

Solving global challenges by involving the right people, in the right process, at the right time

The Wazoku Save the World campaign aims to help businesses look internally at what ways they can contribute towards the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We know that by crowdsourcing ideas within a business’ ecosystem and engaging different minds, internal and external to an organisation, it can bring about great change. We’re challenging organisations to look at business opportunities that align with the SDGs and take on this global macro challenge at a micro level. Perhaps your corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy already supports the mission?

So how is Wazoku supporting the SDGs?

Firstly, we looked internally and found several ways to operate more sustainably as an organisation. Making incremental changes to fundamental processes can increase efficiency and productivity of employees as well as build culture and growth.

Here are the ideas and changes we’ve implemented so far.

These actions contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals, a culture of innovation and build EveryDay innovators within our organisation.

Goal 3: Health and well-being

Flexible work hours for employees & access to free and healthy food snacks and filtered water

Did you know...

78% of employees said flexible work arrangements made them more productive1

Goal 5: Gender equality

Fair and equal pay for men and women and promotion on merit

Did you know...

The global gender pay gap stands at 23% and without action will take 68 years to achieve equal pay2

Goal 7: Energy conscious

Energy efficient lighting in the office and turn off computers and devices at end of day

Did you know...

By switching to energy efficient bulbs globally the world could save $120 billion3

Goal 8: Grow Economy

Hire apprentices and offer training and mentoring for career growth

Did you know...

The global unemployment rate in 2017 was 5.6%, down from 6.4% in 20004

Goal 9: Build innovation

Wazoku provides a platform for businesses to achieve and discover new innovations

Did you know...

84% of executives say that innovation is important to their growth strategy5

Goal 12: Use responsibly

Recycling in the workplace and disposing of waste responsibly

Did you know...

By focusing on reducing food wastage the world could at 1.3 bilion tonnes worth of food6

Next we learn and get inspired from our customers

Many of our customers and partners are using our platform to generate new ideas to support sustainability. Some great recent examples can be seen below:

By cutting down the length of till receipts, Waitrose is saving paper usage and an outstanding £167,000 annually read more

An open innovation challenge generated new solutions for the construction industry to reduce waste resulting in one idea that could save 40,000 tonnes of CO2 per year read more

A one of a kind partnership between an NGO and Fintech start-ups helped to bring blockchain technology to the unbanked world. read more

Anglian Water now uses biodegrable tree shields and reducing waste by reusing CO2, nutrients and heat to grow food crops read more

Lastly we challenge you

Get involved in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainability and crowdsource new ideas to help the world achieve our Global Sustainable Development Goals.

How is your organisation committing to a more sustainable future? Think about asking your employees, customers and wider network for new ideas on how to be more sustainable.

If you’d like to know more about how an idea management platform can help to gather, evaluate and implement the best ideas that align to your business goals, request a demo to learn more about our platform.

Appendices
1: https://www.zenefits.com/blog/7-big-statistics-about-the-state-of-flexible-work-arrangements/
2: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/
3: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/
4: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/economic-growth/
5: https://www.viima.com/blog/innovation-stats
6: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/

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