Community//

Tips for Creating an Environmentally Sustainable Business

Eco-business sustainability is more than a trend. Generation Z is committed to stabilizing the climate and improving the global environment. This generation will likely carry their cause into the future, making it important for businesses to develop a long-term, environmentally sustainable culture. There are several ways your small or medium-sized business can embrace a sustainable, […]

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres on our open platform. We publish pieces as written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Community stories are not commissioned by our editorial team and must meet our guidelines prior to being published.

Eco-business sustainability is more than a trend. Generation Z is committed to stabilizing the climate and improving the global environment. This generation will likely carry their cause into the future, making it important for businesses to develop a long-term, environmentally sustainable culture. There are several ways your small or medium-sized business can embrace a sustainable, environmentally sound culture.

Find Your Identity

At this point in your business venture, you have likely established a clear mission statement and industry niche. Your business’ environmental plan should complement your business’ identity. For instance, if you are running an accounting firm that relies on large, digital data storage then look into web hosting and data centers that limit their energy usage. If you are a law firm that relies almost exclusively on paper products, start investigating digital infrastructure. If your business is in the service industry, consider investing in e-vehicles for transport. There are myriad ways a small to mid-size business can make long-term adjustments.

Make Goals Achievable

You might find that there are many ways your business can reduce waste and consumption. It could be through a leaner supply chain or donating unused food products to local food pantries. Stick to one task at a time. It might be tempting to go all-in on every solution, but instead, designate a green team to oversee one project and determine its success before adopting additional changes.

Establish Accountability

Creating a green team is one way to establish accountability because it provides key players with a sense of ownership. Accountability can extend to other individuals outside the team through the use of award programs and incentives. One such popular, incentive-driven eco-challenge is bike-to-work weeks. In order to make such an incentive sustainable, the challenge can extend to a year or more with multiple prizes scattered throughout the duration.

Create Partnerships

Small businesses find accountability easier when partnering with others in their industry or geographical area. Creating a partnership to recycle shipment packaging or to carpool are some ideas. Your organization can also find a more experienced eco-sustainable business to act as a mentor to your developing project.

Small steps can lead to lasting, environmental benefits. These outcomes will also build your business’ reputation in the eco-conscious community.

    Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

    You might also like...

    Community//

    Shinta W Kamdani: “Develop Empathy”

    by Jerome Knyszewski
    Getty Images
    Community//

    Refocusing Your Corporate Brand in a Post-Pandemic Environment

    by Silvia Davi
    Community//

    “Five things we must do to inspire the next generation about sustainability and the environment”, with Penny Bauder & Constanze Niedermaier

    by Penny Bauder, Founder of Green Kid Crafts

    Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

    Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

    Thrive Global
    People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.

    - MARCUS AURELIUS

    We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.