On Tuesday, April 3, 2012, Dr. Andrew Bargerstock led a two-hour seminar for eight companies and public sector organizations on the topic of “Lean and Sustainability: The Perfect Partners” in Fort Madison, Iowa, as part of a Sustainability Circle consulting project for True Market Solutions.
In this presentation, Dr. Bargerstock revealed the importance of Lean Management as a guiding philosophy for any seriously committed sustainable enterprise. Without Lean, according to Bargerstock, the good work of sustainable business is incomplete, because the organization does not possess a comprehensive methodology for eliminating waste in all its forms. The program gave the companies a taste of what it would be like to be part of a kaizen (continuous process improvement) team through a case study on streamlining an accounts payable process. Feedback on this session was very positive.