As we start to better understand how our decisions impact the environment, many companies are starting to make changes to help the environment and their local communities. As you start a company you will want to consider how your business is going to affect the environment.
Your company may not think that you play a big role with the environment or going green. But the products that you buy and the services that you give may have more of an impact on the environment than you think.
Here are several things that you need to think about when deciding on company decisions that impact the environment:
Look at What You Are Using
Whether you are a call center office or a warehouse that ships out products everyday, you are using products from other companies. The first thing you want to do is to take an inventory of the products you buy and the companies that you buy from.
Do some serious research on the companies that you buy from. Not doing your research can lead to severe consequences, such as the PIP scandal that had severe consequences for many breast cancer survivors. Once you have done some research, see what companies you need to stop buying from and find ethically sound companies to purchase from.
Be Aware of Your Local Community
While buying things from good companies is a great first step, you will also want to see what kind of an impact you have or can have on your local community. This is the second step to your company or business showing that you care about the earth and the environment.
Take a look at the operations of your warehouses or office spaces and see where products go and what happens to the garbage. Make sure that you are recycling and reusing what you can and make sure dangerous materials are being disposed of safely and properly.
Your Impact on the World
This is a more in depth look at your company and how your products are impacting the earth. Sustainability is the newest trend on the block and there are a lot of companies that are making the switch.
Now is the time to make the change to your company, there are different companies dedicated to helping your company become sustainable. Once you have made the necessary changes, you can incorporate it into your marketing strategy. This can help you gain customers who are aware of the dangers and the power that companies hold when saving the environment.
What is Your Business Model
How you model your business will play a role in how you can go green and what you can do. If you are in management you may have more of a say than an entry level employee or a line worker. Look at how you have your business set up and what your goals are as a company.
If you are passionate about outreach and helping out the community, you may want to spend some of your resources and time focusing on how to help out the environment or get behind a cause that is helping others to go green.
Keep Learning and Growing
We are constantly learning about how different materials and chemicals change the world that we live in. There have been many companies that have had a negative impact on the environment and different communities, such as the Bhopal disaster.
If your company does make a mistake or is having a negative impact, take ownership of it, admit it, and make some serious changes. This will allow your company to become better and help heal the earth from the destruction that happens on a daily basis.
Whether your company is big or small, it does have an impact. Make it your responsibility to make sure your impact is positive and not negative. Think about what your company could change and start to implement those ideas in your business.