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In the day and age of increasing ecological and safety awareness, corporate sustainability has become a major buzzword.
It’s even become a key concern for safety programs.
But what is corporate sustainability, and how can your company create a sustainability program that actually works? Here’s what you need to know to set your company up for success.
Sustainability is typically defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. It consists of three pillars:
With that in mind, let’s talk about sustainability initiatives. The best sustainability initiatives are those that balance all three pillars with grace, addressing the needs of the company and the community while gaining approval on both sides.
First and foremost, keep your sustainability initiatives simple and scalable.
A simpler program is easier to implement and maintain. It’s also easier for employees to understand and accept. For example, an annual physical or health screening is completely covered by health insurance. A smoke-free or smoking cessation affidavit is free and easy (as long as you follow through).
That said, don’t be shy about scaling big ideas to meet your small workplace.
For example, let’s say you want to boost your recycling. An effective way to do this is by having employees take home a box or plastic bag home each week so that municipal recycling can pick it up.
Also, remember that even the smallest changes can make a difference. You can reduce your printing costs annually just by reducing the number of slides in presentations, thus reducing the volume of printouts.
Keep in mind that your employees are a major component of your sustainability measures. The best way to ensure participation is to encourage and reward positive behavior.
A great way to do this is through financial benefits. For example, if you want employees to participate in a wellness program, reward those who meet the requirements by allowing them to buy down their health insurance premium by a certain amount.
It’s a direct financial incentive and it has a significant impact on the amount of money employees can take home every month.
Corporate sustainability doesn’t happen overnight. You have to be willing to actively push for the change you want to see. That said, there are ways to make the process easier.
That’s where we come in. We offer sustainability software solutions that your team needs to make informed decisions. You can stop guessing and improve upon data about your energy consumption, carbon emissions, and other key metrics.
Want to see it in action? Get in touch today to start the conversation.
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