Is Mother Earth your Supplier or Customer?
A Qualitist Perspective
Our industrial systems are enveloped by the larger systems of nature.
Natural resources are a gift from Mother Earth. These include regenerative resources such as forests, croplands, and fisheries; as well as non-regenerative resources such as oil and minerals.
Regenerative resources can be harvested. Mother Earth is generous. But only upto a point. We must not harvest these resources more rapidly than they replenesh themselves.
The non-regenerative resources can only be depleated. Since they cannot be replenished, sooner or later many start to run out.
In order to produce goods we need inputs from regenenerative and non-regegenerative resources. In producing goods, using goods, and eventally discarding goods we generate waste. This waste damages the ability of Mother Earth to replenish resources.
The industrial system also sits within a larger social system. The social system consists of communities, families, schools, temples and more.
Just as overproduction and waste damage the natural system, they also cause anxiety and stress in our society. This takes the form of poor health, fear, mistrust, conflicts, and more.
One of the key responsibilities of a Certified Qualitist is to reduce chronic waste in the managerial processes of an organization. This chronic waste is composed of:
- Material waste (regenerative and non-regenerative)
- Effort waste.
The material waste impacts the natural system, as well as the social system.
Mother Earth can be gentle and caring when she is treated with dignity. Mother Earth can express her hurt when she is abused by the greedy.
Question to Qualitists: Is Mother Earth your Supplier or Customer?
- The disciplines of Quality and Environment are converging.
- The disciplines of Quality and Safety are also converging.
- The by-product of reducing chronic waste has traditionally been Cost Of Poor Quality (COPQ) reduction.
- The by-product of reducing chronic waste should also be Clean Air, Drinkable Water, Fertile Soil, Stable Climate.