The high-level ”Why”.
A mission statement is ”a short written description of the aims of a business, charity, government department or public organisation”. (Cambridge dictionary)
The mission statement is The reason to be, a statement of the organisation’s purpose. It is ”an expression, made by its leaders, of their desires and intent for the organisation. The purpose of a mission statement is to focus and direct the organisation itself.” (Wikipedia)
- Google mission: “Organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.”
- Coca Cola mission: ”To refresh the world in mind, body and spirit. To inspire moments of optimism and happiness through our brands and actions. To create value and make a difference.”
- Virgin mission: “changing business for good”.
- LUMO mission: ”Lumo is a community based conservancy that provides ecotourism services to protect the wildlife of Tsavo.”
- Patagonia mission: “Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.”
Idea: A good way to create the mission could be to ask: ”Why should X exist? What is the purpose of X?”, X being the organisation, the unit, the product.
The mission statement for the intranet (a product) should chime with the company mission. Generic suggestion: ”The intranet mission is to support employees at work and enhance efficiency in our organisation”.