Running A Business From An Environmentally Ethical Standpoint
Nowadays you cannot turn 45 degrees without seeing a news item or advert about being environmentally friendly, gluten free, or anything related to being “ethically sourced”. But how does this transfer from the environment of the planet to the business environment? Being ethical covers many different aspects and methods. Are you concerned that you are not doing enough in your business to remain conscious of the environment? If so, here are a few ways for your business to keep ahead of the curve when it comes to being ethical in your choices. At the same time helping the environment through your business.
Don’t Go On “Standby”
Computers are the absolute focal point of an office or business. It is hard to imagine anyone going into an office of the 21st century and not use computers. Reducing your energy usage from a computer can be from switching the monitor off when you leave your desk. Or, more importantly, shutting down your computer completely when you leave the office for the day. Don’t just put it on standby, as a lot of offices recommend. You can also set your computer to run on energy saving settings or use a smart power strip.
Reduce The Amount Of Paper You Use
Another benefit of the widespread use of computers is that steps can be made to encourage the office to completely “go digital”. Essentially whatever you can do to do your work on computer. With tablets, smartphones and laptops, it really is not that difficult to achieve.
If you really have to use paper, why not go for recycled paper? And don’t use more than is absolutely necessary. There are companies, such as Print Services, that aims to work with businesses to reduce carbon footprint. At the same time, this reduces print costs.
Source Local Produce
If your office or business has a canteen, providing locally sourced produce and selling drinks that are fair trade will go a way to being more ethical. Sourcing products from local farmers and ethical sellers reduce the carbon footprint, and helps support local businesses.
Encourage Less Use Of Transport
Asking employees to use their car one less day a week, or to have a carpool scheme will benefit the environment. In this way, staff are being more economical in their cost of transport, and it will also encourage better working relationships.
Work From Home
This one will probably go down a storm with your employees! Ask staff to work from home one day a week and communicate via an instant chat or messenger service. By doing so, there are less staff using their cars, using less paper and costing the business less money overall. This is very handy if you have limited office space. Another positive is that the staff members are likely to get more done from home as they will be more refreshed due to not needing to commute.
So, a few ways to be more ethical. There are many other ways, but starting with the basics always helps. For example, if you don’t recycle, start there. You can build up and have an environmentally conscious business in a very short space of time.