The development of the organization’s language and communication
The language of our vision of "securing the human existence" is sustainability.
The incorporation and assimilation process of the organizational language and culture at the Arison Group is intended to ensure that every one of the Group’s employees is familiar with the Group, and identifies with its vision and values.
The language and activities that stem from our conception of sustainability include the understanding that the three aspects of sustainability – the economic, social and environmental – are all essential and of equal importance. We believe that in the long run, an organization cannot be based only on capital yields; thus, we place equal emphasis on each of these aspects in all of our activities. The union of these three aspects is an essential condition for the realization of the vision of "securing the human existence," meant to secure both our own well-being and that of future generations.
The notion of sustainability relies upon maintaining balance between the social, economic and environmental aspects, in keeping with the following principles:
• The economic aspect – Acknowledgment and awareness of the organization’s impact on all of its major stakeholders, including its employees, suppliers and distributors.
• The social aspect – Acknowledgment of the human component of the organization’s activities, including the maintenance of employees’ rights, ethical conduct vis-à-vis clients and suppliers, and activities that contribute to the empowerment and human development of the organization’s employees as well as the greater public and community.
• The environmental aspect – The organization’s acknowledgment of its impact on the environment, including its consideration of the amount of environmental resources and their renewal, its practical contribution to the cultivation and strengthening of the natural systems that supply these resources, and the organization’s overall commitment to minimizing its detrimental environmental impact.
The concept of sustainability is expressed in all the Group’s channels of activity – both business and philanthropic. In its business activities Arison Investments chooses to focus on the improvement and betterment of the planet’s resources, physical and financial infrastructures, and life systems. The philanthropic activities carried out through the Ted Arison Family Foundation remain attentive to the needs of the community while focusing on the field of sustainability.
Sustainability – The intra-organizational assimilation process
Social responsibility is part of the Arison Group’s new language, and it is assimilated and incorporated into the Group as a lifestyle and not as a global trend. This is a complex, thorough and in-depth process that demonstrates long-term results.
The assimilation process for the language of social responsibility within the Arison Group includes the appointment of leading experts in the fields of social and environmental responsibility, green (environmentally friendly) operations and ethical codes. Each one of the Group’s member organizations is exposed to all of these areas in-depth, at both the management and employee level.
Each of the Group’s member organizations appoints a trustee in each of these areas, whose job it is to lead a mapping process that examines the state of his or her appointed field within the organization, as well as the needs of the management and staff.
Each organization, furthermore, composes regulations in each of these domains, in collaboration with management and staff, and sets measurable goals in these domains that are then converted into actual tasks carried out by the domain trustee, the management, and staff.
To monitor the assimilation process, each one of the Group’s member organizations holds quarterly meetings to track the progress made in each field, as well as the progress made by the organization regarding the tasks that it has set for itself.
The entire assimilation process is accompanied by instruction and continuing education in the various areas, via continuing education programs and seminars.
In order to incorporate these environmental principles into its activities and operations, the Arison Group has developed an environmental policy that is in keeping with the Group’s vision, and has worked to make its offices more “performance-oriented." The Group employs a "green team," whose main task is the formulation of an environmental policy.