One topic that often make headlines is climate change and the need to protect the environment. In an effort to save the planet, many individuals have made fighting climate change a personal tenet, but to make a lasting impact, everyone should get involved — from companies and organizations to governments and nonprofits.
So here are six ways how small businesses across the globe can contribute to climate change and bring the revolution the world needs.
Awareness is the key
It’s important to educate employees on the impacts every person makes on the environment. There are simple steps we can all take to reduce our ecological footprints, and if you make sustainability part of your culture, it will become the norm, both in and out of the office. A great place to start is assembling a group of environmental advocates to form a sustainability team within your organization.
Rethink your waste
Trash and byproducts have become a major problem in today’s culture. It’s virtually impossible to eliminate all waste, but think about ways you can cut down: eliminate paper handouts, cut back on the office soda habit, and avoid too many take-out containers. It’s easy to skip the bottled water at every meeting, and you might even consider a company-wide ban on single-use water bottles. Waste reduction also makes good business sense as it reduces the costs associated with both purchasing and waste disposal.
Travel only when required
Travel, especially air travel, wreaks havoc on the environment. Video conferencing technology has improved substantially over the past few years, making it easier than ever to connect with coworkers around the globe. So the next time a travel opportunity arises, ask yourself whether the trip is really necessary or if you could conduct your business virtually.
Choose environmentally conscious vendors
If your small business wants to fight climate change, find other businesses and organizations that are headed for the same goal. Take a look at your supply chain. Who are your providers and do your values align? Using local vendors for catering and supplies not only supports your local economy and other small businesses, but it also cuts back on shipping, gas, manufacturing, and logistics.
Cloud computing has become the norm for companies today, which is fantastic since a cloud infrastructure addresses two critical elements of a green IT approach: energy efficiency and resource efficiency. Running your small business with cloud technology — like Salesforce Essentials — not only saves space and provides flexibility, it also cuts back on hardware and manufacturing, plus the emissions that go along with both.
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