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12 Steps To Greater Business Sustainability

Achieving better sustainability in business is a great way to save the planet, save your time, and your money. If you are wondering how to achieve greater sustainability as a business, then use this guide to help you get there.

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  1. Emit fewer pollutants. Most businesses will contribute to the destruction of the planet in some way. Even if you are an online business, using energy to power your computers is contributing to the planet. However, industrial businesses are those that often contribute the most to global warming. Thus, these are the businesses that need to assess ways in which they can reduce their emissions and pollutants. For instance, an industrial business can benefit from using CPI regenerative thermal oxidizers that can reduce your business’s contribution to volatile organic compounds, which pollute the air. Thus, your business will attain greater sustainability.

  2. Switch off the plugs. Switching off the plugs might seem silly if your devices are switched off. However, plugged-in devices will still use up energy when they are not in use. It will only be a small amount of energy that they use but it still contributes to the use of energy, which will also be costing you money. It will also help to keep your physical or online business safe as you will have no connection to electricity when out of the office or not attending to your work. 

  3. Offer remote working. Since the pandemic, more and more businesses have witnessed the positive work attitude of the staff that are allowed to work from home. Although going back to offices reignites connections, it can be useful to offer your staff remote working from time to time. This can improve their mental attitude towards work, as they will be able to recharge at home and not have to deal with commuting every day. On this note, allowing staff to cut their commutes will help them cut their emissions. They can stay at home and work just as productively without needing to use transport.

  4. Offer group transport. When your staff does need to commute, you could reduce the number of emissions by offering group transport for employees to get to work. This could be a shared car or a work bus, whereby people from surrounding areas can use the group transport and use fewer vehicles. This will save staff money and save the planet. Although it will cost you more money, you will be making your staff happier, which can make them be more productive at work. Furthermore, it will also contribute to your business’s environmental sustainability. 

  5. Train your staff on new measures. When you do introduce new sustainability measures to your business, ensure to train staff on them. They can take on the new measures and put them into practice. For instance, if you decide to switch off the plugs at the end of each day and agree to cut commuting, then letting them know and training them on these procedures will ensure that they practice them as much as you do.

  6. Go digital. Going digital is an effective way of jumpstarting your business’s sustainability. It means that you can go paperless and use fewer materials. Likewise, it can also help you become more efficient as a business. This is due to having access to files instantly, as opposed to waiting for them for 3 to 5 business days in the post. Your staff can be more productive with easy access to data and therefore increase their output during the working day, which can translate to more profit.

  7. Consider your use of materials. Speaking of using less paper, you will want to consider what materials you use to improve the sustainability of your business. Not only does using paper contribute to a lack of sustainability but so does plastic and other materials. If you can reduce your use of new materials, you will be able to attain greater sustainability. Where you can, use recycled or reused materials as this means you are using fewer new products. 

  8. Offer staff rewards. After training and installing new measures to your business, you can assess the efforts of your staff and offer rewards to those meeting or exceeding the new measures. Those that put in more effort should be recognized and appreciated. Offering them a reward will encourage them to continue utilizing the measures, which will continue your business’s level of sustainability. Furthermore, a reward can help your staff feel appreciated, which will improve their workplace satisfaction and happiness. A happier staff member will likely result in them contributing more, which will be great for the efficiency of your business. 

  9. Track your expenses. Business sustainability is not just about environmental factors, financial factors are considerable too. Thus, tracking your expenses is an effective way to become more financially sustainable as a business. Tracking your spending and your incomings will help you witness whether or not you are making wise money choices and staying within budget. 

  10. Cut your costs. When you practice tracking your expenses, you will soon discover when you are spending too much money. For instance, you might realize that your energy bill is double what it should be, which is a reflection of how much energy you use. Therefore, you can cut the cost of your energy bill and save more money, which will help you become better with your finances. Assess your business from time to time, mainly through your expenses, and witness where you can reduce spending. 

  11. Assess your employees. On the topic of assessing how your money is being spent, you will want to ensure that your employees are worth it. Although it can be tough letting people go, it might be necessary for the financial sustainability of your business. You might realize that you have a few employees that contribute little to the success of your business. You can either cut the role or hire someone to help from time to time, as opposed to full-time. You could consider outsourcing some tasks instead of hiring someone for a full-time position. This will allow you to save money while still getting the tasks complete by an expert. Likewise, assessing your employee’s efforts and contributions to the workplace could mean that you can offer bonuses to those that deserve it. A bonus or raise at work can encourage staff members to work harder, which will help you attain the back money that you are offering them for their efforts (as well as extra profit).

  12. Contribute to charity. A way to achieve environmental and financial sustainability is to contribute to charity. You could offer an incentive to customers whereby you plant a tree for every ten t-shirts sold. This will encourage people to shop with you as it will mean that they are also contributing to saving the planet. More customers and sales will then boost your profits. Contributing to charity is a wise way to spend your money. 

There are such simple yet effective ways that your business can achieve greater sustainability. Although the sustainability of the planet is more important as a whole than your finances, your finances matter too. Therefore, introducing these environmental and financial measures to your business will help you achieve better sustainability in both areas. 

It could be as simple as going digital and switching off the plugs at the end of the day to contribute to saving the planet and help you save money. Most environmental strategies will also help your business save money, which is ideal if you are trying to break even or increase your business profits. 

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