First Steps to Greening Your Business
(Derived from Natural Step Guidelines And Project Experience)
“Talking sustainability is easy; integrating it into the fabric of a business is a process.”
Note: Top management support is vital to convince people of the seriousness of the effort. Because of the nature of the industry it is essential to have this support to allow people to pursue “non-billable” projects that help change firm practices and outdated processes.
First, think about the answers to the following questions:
What will sustainability mean to your business and staff?
What do you hope to achieve by greening your business?
Are we committed to integrating sustainability into or current culture and future strategic plans?
Sustainability is a process that develops over time, implementing 1-year, 3-year, and 5-year sustainable business goals.
Set-up the green teams. Employee participation is essential to a successful environmental initiative. Bring
together a team of employees to promote environmentalism in the workplace. These troops can head up the recycled-product purchasing effort, educate co-workers on environmental issues, and track environmental accounting for their department. Consider creating incentives such as rewards and recognition for employees who drive your company’s environmental efforts. Name a periodic “green champion” in order to single out employees’ environmental action.
Educational Component. Everyone in the company is a key player in the sustainability initiatives.
Implement training course, handouts, simple ways to reduce energy and waste outputs.
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