How can Big Businesses be more Environmentally-Responsible?
There are many reasons why it is important to improve the environmental performance of your business. In the current day and age, environmental sustainability needs to be at the heart of all business objectives and strategy. This is something that has grown to be expected of all companies. Not only this, but failure to do so can result in being continuously targeted by activists, falling behind the competition, losing customers, legal action, compliance costs, as well as increased waste, water, and energy management costs. No business wants to suffer this, and, therefore, read on to discover some top tips on ways in which your large company can be more environmentally responsible.
It all starts with awareness – Your business will never be environmentally responsible if you are not fully aware of all of the resources you utilise. Therefore, you need to sit down and put together a document that gives you an overview of all of the resources you utilise, both on a daily basis and over a longer period of time. This will allow you to see how you are currently performing in terms of your environmental responsibilities, and it will give you the platform to make changes.
Bring nature to the workplace – When it comes to being more environmentally responsible, it all begins with the place of work. Little changes can make a huge difference, such as using potted plants instead of wasteful décor, using open windows instead of air conditioning, and taking advantage of natural lighting. These may only seem like minute changes, but they can make a big difference over time, and they will have a positive influence on how your employees view your company. Once you have done this, you can then move onto the likes of using solar energy and embracing other renewable energy resources.
Dispose of electronic items effectively – Did you know that this is the largest growing source of waste around the world? E-waste is extremely damaging. Not only is it causing significant harm to the environment, but it poses monumental health risks too. This is why you need to encourage the re-use of electronic gadgets where possible. If you do need to dispose of electronic products, then make sure you do it in the correct manner.
Change your business’s travel habits – Nowadays, business is becoming increasingly global, and as a result, more and more companies are travelling abroad on a regular basis. Reasons vary from meeting potential clients, to overseeing overseas operations, to looking for new locations to expand your business. Nevertheless, flying has a hugely negative impact on the environment, and so you need to reconsider your travel habits. If it is possible to conduct meetings over the Internet via a video conference instead, then do so. If travel is necessary, make sure you choose the route with the least CO2 emissions.
Take it to the cloud – Last but not least, taking it to the cloud is advised for a number of reasons, not to mention it is more efficient and collaborative. However, one of the key advantages is the fact that it is a lot greener. Just think about how much ink and paper you are going to save by sharing and saving files digitally.
Deborah Hunter Kells
I have a wide range of interests and the top of my list is people and relationships. I appreciate our big wide world and nature which tries so hard to deal with what we do to it. I enjoy learning and am a “forever student”. I would love to hear about you and what you have experienced – that one or both of us may learn.