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Building sustainable Futures: The Power of Enterprise Development

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Over the years, companies have continued to shift gears from implementing flexible work practices to handling unanticipated supply chains and market changes. These difficulties are shaking the economies of nations across the planet. The goal is to not only create more resilient firms than before but also become sustainable in the coming decades.

Investing in knowledge and time, building business linkages, attracting investments, and employing more people are some of the concepts that enterprises have utilized to compete in the global economy. In return, it has increased capital by bringing more customer value and improved the firm’s image, leading to positive societal change through the stimulation of economic activities.

Enterprises have continuously evolved in various stages. The pre-venture phase is where an individual has identified an opportunity but is yet to offer a product or service as one does not have a supply chain or market outlet. In this stage, research and planning are the main activities.

Once there is a business plan, the startup phase begins where the first employees are hired, a customer base is built, efforts towards a break-even point in sales are made and organizational systems are set up. During the growth stage, it has surpassed its break-even point and an increase in sales volume and clients is witnessed. To support this expansion, more employees are hired and there is more infrastructural investment. At its peak of success is the maturity phase where the company has a good market share, is sustainable and makes a profit. Though it runs a risk of not adapting to changes in the market resulting in an expansion failure, firms can usually benefit from examining new markets and quality improvement endeavors. During the revitalization stage, the mature company has the option of innovating new ways or diversifying into new markets where internal proactive, and external decisions are made.

In the process, many enterprises are uncovering opportunities that increase efficiencies while creating more motivated employees and satisfied customers. From creating a sustainable strategy to ensure various stakeholders have a clear vision, following a timebound approach that implements the vision to commencing concrete initiatives which show value and generate measurable impacts. As a result, many significant advantages will be incurred.

With many enterprise owners already competing for a similar customer base, only those who stand out can sustainably expand and grow. This can be achieved by employing strategies that keep customers coming back to buy your products. When a business focuses on its sustainability and long-term success, it becomes easy to implement some of the government’s legal requirements for the industry. Several governing regulations that aim at aiding firms to operate safely without negatively affecting the environment have been introduced. This becomes a deliberate choice to comply, a decision that will take them to the next level.

Today, most people want to work with establishments that care about society’s positive impact and environment. Integrating sustainability attracts talented and competent employees who will upgrade it to the next level, fostering success with so much ease. Moreover, potential investors are more likely to invest since they are guaranteed safety and less likelihood that the enterprise is tied up in several court cases and suits. Overall, it minimizes operational costs thus increasing the shareholder’s profit margins and decreasing risks.

Natural resources are used by all kinds of businesses in some form. Water is necessary as it is by which they are developed. Incorporating sustainable practices for enterprises reduces the chances of wasting resources. Businesses will find it cumbersome to function and prosper if the scarce natural resources are depleted. Fortunately, the identification of recycling areas within the operations and systems has streamlined this process. To ensure continuity, stakeholders have been encouraged to focus on employing the right techniques by conserving or regenerating available resources while instituting strategies for disaster preparation and prevention. Eco-friendly businesses enable a smooth flow of profits where once there is a break-even, they continue to grow and expand without necessarily requiring extra resources. This translates to excellent productivity as the success channels are guaranteed and systems are already streamlined, effortlessly contributing to growth. Also, enterprises are able to comprehend what works and what does not for them.

As the transition to technology continues, Enterprise Resource Planning systems have increasingly become a necessity for companies that want to fully utilize their resources. For executives, they have developed more effective core business processes that are cost-saving without losing effectiveness and performance. In addition, they have assisted in relocating financial and human resources. ERP has also become beneficial when workers are able to access detailed information about client orders and current inventory, as well as supplier purchase orders to predict future requirements.

Business owners should be willing to spend more when testing strategies at the initial stage. Though it may seem like a costly move, it is worth the effort because it will eventually pay off and boost profitability for a greener future.

Dr. Edward Mungai
Dr. Edward Mungaihttp://www.edwardmungai.com/
The writer, Dr. Edward Mungai, is a global sustainability expert. He is the Lead Consultant and Partner at Impact Africa Consulting Ltd (IACL), a leading sustainability and strategy advisory in Africa. He is also the Chief Editor at Africa Sustainability Matters. He can be contacted via mailto:edward@edwardmungai.com

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