Why to standardize, formalize, automate, and report.

Updated: Jul 18

We love to see company information that is tailored, on company letterhead, and available online. This means that all information that employees need to succeed should be available to them in easy and accessible ways.

At STTLG we want to think of ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle everything. When all your company’s information is available to your employees via a company intranet or a third-party platform, that means there is less paper being printed.


The essence of sustainability today is the reduction in our carbon footprint to reduce overall climate change. If we are becoming more efficient in our processes, we are also learning to be more efficient with sustainability. Many businesses today like Patagonia, Ten Tree, and Tesla have merged every part of their company with sustainability.

  • Sustainable marketing

  • Sustainable supply chain

  • Sustainable operations

  • Sustainable accounting

  • Sustainable R&D

The most important standardization

begins with 5 key steps:

  1. Create templates

  2. Run and assign processes via checklists

  3. Automate activity

  4. Track process, performance, and progress

  5. Continuous improvement

Examples of standardized company handbooks:


Formalization begins with a company letterhead, so make one. Take the time to make sure that your company is formalizing everything that will be seen by employees or the public. And be sure that any multimedia content that requires a license is paid for.

Patagonia Logo

When your employees see your company’s logo and catchphrase on a document it shows your willingness to breathe life into all aspects of your activities. Formalization may seem small and inconsequential but imagine receiving a document with none of this information. What would you think? What would you do with this document? Remember to always stamp your name on anything you have created.

One of the best parts of formalization is replicability. When your company stamps its logo on a document, you are taking credit for your work. Then you have to make sure that the documentation can be reused for all employees indefinitely (or when updated). Employees will be able to establish a relationship with customers/clients and sustainable activities. For example, Patagonia's new mission statement, "We are in business to save our home planet," introduces formalized (put a stamp on it!) activity that is repeatable by other employees.

Examples of formalized documents: