Policy maker

As a policy maker you have a responsibility to make the right decisions in setting plans, and to examine the ethical, social, economic and environmental implications of these plans. This is, without doubt, a sensitive task, so decisions must be based on reliable information.

Information is a first step and the basis for any decision making. You will ask yourself two questions if you try to obtain information: what information do I need and where do I get it from - reliably, quickly and cost-efficiently? As dealing with sustainability issues means working on a wide range of subjects, neither answer is likely to be an easy one. But one thing is certain: the information exists somewhere. Almost all the information you’ll need is contained within company reports, ratings or similar means of communication. So you may think about putting these questions to one of the respective service providers that may be able to effectively and efficiently compile and structure the information for you.

Your next step will be to ask for the methods used either to compile information, evaluate it or to steer environmentally beneficial aspects. There are plenty of information sources, for example the mechanisms of the Kyoto protocol. Find out more about these and which derived services are available .

Building strategies is often a multi-stakeholder, iterative process. The following page gives you an overview on how to work together in such a process and how to control the success of your strategy.