Sainsbury’s. 1. Can you describe your position in the o

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Sainsbury’s1. Can you describe your position in the organisation, your main responsibilities andhow long you have had this position?I am in the packaging division of the company at mid-level position. I am working with thiscompany for the past five years. For the initial three years I was overlooking the procurementof strawberries from few suppliers, but now I shifted for some change.2. How important is sustainability for you as a manager? And for your company?Yes yes. As far as I can say, we are working towards sustainability very well. When I was inthe procurement division, I ensured procuring fruits that are organic and assist both sides[supplier and buyer] on the price. And now as I am in the packaging division, I see all thepackaging in the manner that is healthy and safe for the customers. Focus has been onconstantly reducing the calories and producing eatables that have less alcohol contents. Mycompany, I can say, is pioneer in sustainability and I have faith over this company. It ishelping people in many areas, whether it is through supporting the community or events.3. Were you ever involved in a situation that required a decision concerningsustainability related issues?Well, personally, I never involved myself directly into such issues.3.1 Any issue for that matter you remember in the past five years that happened? Canyou describe it and your role in it?Yes, I remember one in which my senior was involved as the main decision maker and I wasjust a team player. Some of our employees were not ready to cooperate with the localsuppliers. Cooperation in the sense that it was required that they educate them on the propermethods to package and supply the raw fruits. I was also in the team and I must say I wascooperative and stayed away from the group politics at that time.4. Was that a situation in which you think your leadership skills and values wereimportant?Not much, but my senior’s leadership skill came handy. He analysed the situation veryclosely and took timely action before the things could go out of hand.5. How did your senior communicate with employees? What did he do exactly?He conducted a meeting with all of us three times in two days and brought into theunderstanding why we must cooperate properly with the local suppliers and the consequencesthat will be faced by anyone if he denies support.6. What was at stake in that time?The company could have lost cheap raw food supply that was an easy to get from the locals.7. Are there any other things you would like to add related to the conversation we havehad?No, thank you.
Land Securities Group1. Can you describe your position in the organisation, your main responsibilities andhow long you have had this position?I am working as material procurement manager in the company in the United Kingdom. Mymain responsibilities are to handle the materials that come from the vendors duringconstruction. I only handle bricks or blocks. This is my second year here.2. How important is sustainability for you as a manager? And for your company?It is very important. Our company always look forward to sustainable business which is goodfor all.3. Were you ever involved in a situation that required a decision concerningsustainability related issues? Can you describe it and your role in it?Sure there is. It is interesting to tell you I acted for this despite being new to this company.My few employees were working with the vendors who were not green business certified. Itwas great that they were giving material at lower price than other, but...!4. Was that a situation in which you think your leadership skills and values wereimportant?Of course! I took the stand to remove those vendors and instead sign with those who aregreen business certified even if they are charging higher cost. I took the stand tocommunicate with the higher management and get them to know about the situation. Theywere supportive. Now under my division, all are green certified.5. How did you communicate with employees? What did you do exactly?They had fewer roles to play. They were doing as were told. I blame previous person whowas handling this position and was constantly overlooking this situation.6. What was at stake in that time?Reputation for sure. Image of the company was at stake... how we can boast of sustainabilityif our vendors are not green?7. Are there any other things you would like to add related to the conversation we havehad?Sustainability is the key and I have learned it faster. All employees in the company need toknow what company is doing for sustainability. I must say they should be trained in this. Oneday classroom session I guess can help.
O21. Can you describe your position in the organisation, your main responsibilities andhow long you have had this position?I am in to the sales. I handle the area sales for Cotswold valley covering Castle Combe,Painswick, and Bibury. I have eleven employees working below me. I joined as field salesand now I am as area sales manager. Ten years. Yes, ten years I am here.2. How important is sustainability for you as a manager? And for your company?Well, I can say my company is doing good in this area. It is important for everyone connectedwith this company.3. Were you ever involved in a situation that required a decision concerningsustainability related issues? Can you describe it and your role in it?Not really. My company sells many products that are sustainable. Like low energyconsuming charger, phones of eco rating, O2 Refresh, universal charger and others. I alwaystry to push my employees to pitch these products to the retailers as good and sustainableproducts. Reluctance of some employees is seen as obvious issue. I regularly handle that. Theconcern comes when some employees face challenge in understanding how our pitching theproduct as sustainable is going to attract the customer.4. Was that a situation in which you think your leadership skills and values wereimportant?This is a regular issue when new employees come or when the existing employees face issuein increasing the sales. I am required to mentor them. My leadership skill is necessary in suchsituation.5. How did you communicate with employees? What did you do exactly?The personal one on one method is the most preferred style of communication for me tohandle the situation. It is easy to handle and balance the talk. Public discussion has made thematter worse sometimes.6. What was at stake in that time?Nothing major at stake but yes, it can become challenge if the employees at the lower levelfail to represent the sustainability of the company. If they will not, then who will?7. Are there any other things you would like to add related to the conversation we havehad?No.
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