There are numerous ways to increase sustainability in the workplace. Improving your operations to reduce environmental impact is not only beneficial for the environment but can also serve as a powerful marketing tool. Surveys suggest that over 70% of consumers want businesses to be more eco-friendly and would consider purchasing from them if they can prove their commitment to becoming more sustainable.

Embracing sustainability isn’t just a noble cause for the world around you, it’s a strategic move that can fuel your business’s growth. By aligning your operations with sustainable practices, you can unlock new opportunities for profitability and market expansion.

But if these changes seem daunting, then you’re not alone. There are so many ways your business might be making the wrong decision, and identifying what you can improve and change and funding and facilitating those changes can be a tad overwhelming.
If you’re at the start of your journey towards becoming a more sustainable business, these tips on how to move forward and make the right changes that will stick can set you on the right path.

Identify All The Changes

Before you start making any changes, you need to identify the changes you can make. There is likely to be more than you think there is, and finding all instances where you can make sustainable changes will help you to put a plan into action. From the packaging you use to the suppliers you partner with, how you deliver your products, the energy you use and so on, there are many ways to improve sustainability and make more eco changes within various businesses.

Look At The Figures

Next, once you have an idea of the changes you could potentially make, you need to get the costing and figures for changing them. Some might be low cost or even free, such as committing to using fewer utilities in your working day, i.e., turning lights off and not letting the water run unnecessarily. Others will require a hefty investment before you make the change, such as changing to more economical production lines and integrating automation. Knowing how much it will cost can help you incorporate this into your budget and projections.

Set A Timeline

From here, you need to examine how you make the changes and set yourself a timeline and a manifesto for change. This can help you stay on track and get where you need to be as smoothly as possible without getting off track because you are taking on too many changes at once.

Look At the Bigger Picture

Sometimes, it’s not about what you do but the impact on the world you form. All actions have consequences, and those consequences could be far-reaching. From identifying Scope 3 Emissions (which refers to indirect emissions that occur in the value chain of the reporting company, including both upstream and downstream emissions), to looking at the disposal of your products and their lifespan, the results of what you do and the impact you have outside of your inmate areas of business need to be factored into your decision. For example, let’s say you make mattresses for commercial use. Once these matters are past their useful life, what will happen to them? If they end up in a landfill, is there a way you can implement a more sustainable option, such as taking them back and donating them to homeless charities, for example? These actions can help you to increase sustainability and reduce your overall impact.

Get Everyone On Board

It goes without saying that if your whole team isn’t on board with the changes you want to make, then it’s going to be a pointless endeavor. You need everyone to be behind you, understand why you’re making the changes, and ensure that the changes you make work for everyone. It likely won’t be easy, and transitioning from how you work now to new methods and policies will take time and adjustments for everyone. So, give people a chance to be honest with you, to be a part of the discussion, and give them the space to get used to what is going to happen before the changes take place.

Take It Slow

Sustainability improvements need to be made for the long term; they are not short-term fashion in the plan choices that fall by the wayside quickly. You need to start slowly, making the smallest, easiest changes first. Then, once they have become second nature to everyone, make a few more changes before gradually building up to the more significant changes. You need to be not only environmentally sustainable but sustainable within your business, too, and if you rush ahead to make too many changes at once, you might not get the results you are after, or you need or want to have.

Greg Kononenko
Greg Kononenko

My name is Greg Kononenko and I am a full-time online blogger and owner of Dad's Hustle. I'm a dad, and my passion is to help other mums and dads to start their own "hustle" and improve the financial future of their families.

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