Sustainable Business

A Business Guide to Going Green

A Business Guide to Going Green

Everyone worries about the environment, but these worries are often forgotten when it comes to running a business. Many companies avoid being green due to fears about cost – yet failing to follow legislation can end up costing you a whole lot more. It’s imperative that you find out what legislation there is, and how it affects your firm. But being green doesn’t just have to be a method of damage limitation – it can reduce your costs and give you a considerable edge over the competition. The guide covers why environmental concerns are your concerns, how to devise a plan for addressing them, and what actions you can take to ease your impact on the environment. Why bother being a green business? Our understanding of the impact that business operations have on the environment has grown massive... »

Adopting Sustainability to Drive Business: How to Create a Sustainable Business

Adopting Sustainability to Drive Business: How to Create a Sustainable Business

In the first article in this series I opened by saying, “Sustainability is really just about being a better business. It is about using less, reducing waste, becoming more efficient, and thinking longer term. I’ll add to that description here by saying that sustainability is about listening first, then responding to what you hear. Listening to what stakeholders are saying – either directly to you, in the media, or in their own disclosures. Listen to regulators. They might not be regulating you (yet) but they are setting the policy frameworks that industry as a whole will be working under. Listening to nature. Understanding that our environment is increasingly stressed and fraught. Listening to society. Everyone is a potential customer. What are their problems, what do they need and what ar... »