Sustainability is becoming an increasingly important part of our daily lives. However, how does sustainability fit into how a business operates? With the rise in consumers becoming more conscious about their carbon footprint, many are looking at how the companies they work with or choose to work with, are playing their part in the fight against climate change.
Regardless of the size of your business, implementing any changes that will create a more sustainable business will make a difference in your carbon footprint. These are just a couple of changes you can consider incorporating into your company.
Consider your providers
Reducing business travel emissions can help, if you still do need vehicles on the road to deliver products, consider upgrading to electric cars. This will help to significantly cut your fleet costs and also reduce your carbon footprint. The cost of electricity is far cheaper than that of petrol or diesel per mile and also the maintenance costs of electric vehicles are lower as well.
If you need a fulfilment centre to store your products, as well as pick, pack and deliver them to your clients, consider if the centre is run as environmentally friendly as possible but also if the products used to pack the items are eco-friendly too. Firms such as Zendbox offer this level of service, fulfilling all of your eCommerce orders on time which enables you to make more profitable decisions for your business.
In addition to this, the materials used to pack and post your products will also be made from sustainable materials. It is a quality that your environmentally conscious consumers will appreciate and something that you can highlight on your site, especially when talking about how your company is helping in the fight against climate change.
Reduce business travel emissions
Car, train or even air – modern modes of transportation are among some of the largest contributors to greenhouse emissions. According to a recent study, the EU’s transports emissions increased by 0.8% in 2019, following a 0.9% rise from the previous year. Reducing expenses and emissions related to business travel can help to reduce your company’s carbon footprint and its impact on the environment. There is also the additional possibility of increasing your company’s bottom line.
Encourage employees to walk or cycle to work if possible or see if anyone is willing to carpool to help reduce the number of cars on the road. However, one of the best ways you and your employees can reduce business travel emissions is by not travelling at all. After spending over a year working from home, consider allowing employees to continue working remotely.
Plans into action
Implementing any one of these changes will help make a significant difference in your company’s carbon footprint. Switching to a more environmentally-friendly way of working for your business will provide your company with numerous advantages. Aside from helping the environment, being a green company working towards creating an eco-friendlier business is an attractive factor to both consumers and potential talent. It will also help to reduce costs in your business, saving you a little extra money in various areas of the business. All of these benefits from going green are great motivators to making your company a more environmentally place to work and to work with.