To highlight the importance of keeping our habitat safe on World Habitat Day, leaders should consider how their businesses impact the global environment and their local communities — particularly in areas such as sustainability.
A report by the MIT Sloan Management Review indicated that 70 percent of companies say they’ve added sustainability to their agenda in the last six years and of those, 20 percent say it has happened in the last two. Despite the current economic conditions, these results indicate business efforts to reduce environmental impact.
Implementing sustainable solutions can help lead to LEED certification for office buildings. Furthermore, being mindful of how their actions impact the environment shows a business’ commitment to bettering their communities. By developing sustainable programs that address social, environmental and financial issues, business leaders will be able to improve the triple bottom line of their business. Thus, here are some areas to consider when determining sustainability plans for your business:
- Cutting waste with paper dispensers that limit the overuse of paper towel. This has been shown to reduce waste by 25 percent, while providing a clutter-free environment for patrons.
- Using sanitary paper supplies that are 100-percent recyclable, compostable and biodegradable. This ensures that the entire lifecycle of a product remains environmentally responsible.
- Conserving water and energy by installing waterless urinals, hand sanitizers and other waterless products.
- Educating staff members on green cleaning solutions and procedures in order to provide a safe and healthy environment for all.
- Using products verified with certifications such as EcoLogo, Green Seal™ and Energy Star. This will help businesses show their sustainability goals holistically.