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Sustainability Plan
One of many types of plans that are developed by organizations to ensure responsible stewardship of their assets.



Components of the Plan
Listed below are the key components of a sustainability plan.

  • Sustainability Framework
  • Sustainability Goals
  • Sustainability Policies/Principles
  • Priorities for each asset class
  • Definitions


Architecture/Structure of the Plan

  • People
  • Planet
  • Profit


Definitions/Concepts
  • Triple Bottom Line (TBL)



Attributes of the Plan
Listed below are the primary attributes of an effective sustainabilty plan.
  • It is aligned with the organizations policies and objectives
  • It is integrated with the other plans
  • It has the commitment of top management
  • It is realistic



Example Framework






Example Goals






Example Policies





The Plan in the Hierarchy
The organization's sustainability plan occupies one of the central layers of the inspirational-and-aspirational hierarchy. 
Without an adequate sustainability plan the organization will encounter difficulties when developing some of the other layers of the aspirational-inspirational hierarchy.



Risks Associated with the Plan
Included below are some of the primary risk associated with the development and implementation of a sustainability plan

     A.  Development Risks
  • Lack of buy-in from certain stakeholder groups
  • Disagreement over priorities
     B.  Implementation Risks
  • Insufficient funds



Process of Developing the Plan
Listed below are some of the key steps in developing the sustainability plan.

      A. Before
  • Review the organization's policies and objectives
  • Determine the organizations existing maturity levels on sustainability: a) depth of the framework, b) integration into AMS
  • Review the PESTLE context
      B. During
  • Hold public consultations, as required
  • Hold facilitated workshops to elicit tacit knowledge from staff
  • Prepare the draft plan
  • Approve the plan
      C.  After
  • Action the plan
  • Track and measure progress/performance of the plan
  • Review and update/refine the plan
Functional silos will defeat the organization. Rather, integration, collaboration and alignment are some of the critical success factors.
Fig. Functional silos will defeat the organization. Instead: integration, collaboration and alignment are some of the critical success factors.


The hierarchy of plans in ISO 550001 from OCP to SAMP to AMPs
Fig. The hierarchy of plans in ISO 550001 from OCP to SAMP to AMPs


People + Planet + Profit is the triple bottom line of sustainability in ISO 55000 ISO 55001
Fig. People + Planet + Profit is the triple bottom line of sustainability.


ISO 55000 ISO 55001 - It all starts with people
Fig. It all starts with people.


Analyzing the words inside ISO 55000/55001 to reveal patterns in the requirements
Fig. Analyzing the approximate 27,0000 words inside ISO 55000/55001 to reveal patterns in the requirements.
Planning features prominently.



The aspirational-inspirational hierarchy of organizations artifacts with plans represented as one of the layers
Fig. The aspirational-inspirational hierarchy of organizational artifacts with plans represented as one of the layers.


Planning must be iterative, dynamic and continuous. If it becomes static it starts to look more like an old dusty blueprint rather than a live roadmap
Fig. Planning must be iterative, dynamic and continuous. If it becomes static it starts to look more like an old dusty blueprint rather than a live roadmap.


Planning is one of the seven chapters of ISO 55000
Fig. Planning is the 3rd chapter of the seven chapters of ISO 55000/55001.


Some organizations struggle with "paralysis through analysis" (and never feel comfortable to finalize a plan) and others who perhaps fail to "look before you leap" (start too quickly).
Fig. Some organizations struggle with "paralysis through analysis" (and never feel comfortable to finalize a plan) and others who perhaps fail to "look before you leap" (start too quickly).

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