More businesses are growing aware of the benefits of operating sustainably. Sustainability is beneficial for the environment, and it can also benefit the bottom line by reducing costs such as energy and overhead expenditure. These six steps from Business2Community.com will support any business in becoming more sustainable.
Reducing your materials usage is a good starting point. By cutting back on the amount of material inputs, businesses can save on costs and help the environment.
2. Sourcing Products
Businesses can look to local and sustainable sources for inputs, goods, and services for their operations. Buying local, for example, reduces fuel consumption and therefore carbon emissions.
3. International Meetings
Rather than meeting in person at monthly or quarterly meetings, businesses that have a number of offices can choose to convene via video conferencing. This will reduce travel costs as well as carbon emissions.
Establish clear targets for reducing emissions and waste in the workplace. Start with a company-wide environmental policy and involve staff by offering incentives for participation.
5. Carbon-Offset Programs
When it is not impossible to reduce emissions or consumption, businesses can offset their emissions by getting involved in a carbon offset program. The proceeds of these programs often go to renewable energy projects.
6. Invest in Green Technology
Businesses should invest in green technology that will pay back purchase costs over time. Consider small measures such as energy-efficient light bulbs as well as large investments such as solar panels.