In the last decade, it has become essential for businesses to take part in the fight against climate change. There are many things small businesses, as well as big companies, can do to limit their impact on the planet, from recycling to buying green IT equipment. Committing to sustainable initiatives has now become a number one priority across every industry. We’ve put together a list of practises you should put in place within your company to be more sustainable.
It may seem simple, but many companies often don’t look into their energy providers and choose the most popular option without looking where their energy comes from. Make sure that you look for a decent green energy supplier that uses renewable energy while making it easy and cheap for you. You can use an energy comparison site online or do some research, your energy supplier will have to provide its energy sources from hydroelectric power stations, solar energy or wind farms for example.
Recycling is not only good for the planet, but it will also save your company a lot of money. In fact, according to a study, a recycling program can save up to £100 per employee per year. Putting in place a recycling station in the heart of your business, with a clear and short explanation on how recycling works, can do wonders. Educating your staff is key to making it work, don’t be afraid to set up meetings and conferences about the environmental benefits of recycling. You could also talk to the cleaning staff to make sure they also understand how to recycle properly.
Many businesses choose to get involved in their local communities, why not look into environmental initiatives around you? You could use this opportunity to bond with your employees, there are plenty of charities where you could all volunteer for a day. Likewise, sponsoring a charity is a great way to support environmental initiatives. It will also look great for your brand identity.
Invest in green IT technology
If you have an office, there is a high possibility that you also own plenty of IT equipment such as computers, fax machines, printers, scanners, etc. Green computers are usually energy efficient and built in an environmental way. They can be a little pricier than your common computer however they can last much longer, and customers tend to appreciate it when companies have a responsible approach to their business.