Happy Earth Day everyone! This year marks the 44th annual celebration of Earth Day, and we’ve all made a lot of progress towards becoming more environmentally friendly. In fact, according to Reader’s Digest, 1 out of every 3.3 Americans considers themselves environmentally conscious, and 1 out of every 2.3 Americans recycle. Though some have considered the environmental movement to be just a fad, it is clear that many more of us are concerned with the impact we have on the environment.
With the arrival and recognition of Benefit Corporations, even corporate law is changing to accommodate our growing environmental and social consciousness! Benefit Corporations are for-profit companies that wish to pursue a social and environmental mission, even if that mission cuts into their profit. We here at MyCorp are huge fans of B-Corporations, and to celebrate Earth Day we thought it’d be fun to take a look back at some of our blog’s most interesting, and informative, Benefit Corporation-related posts.
- Never heard of a Benefit Corporation? MyCorp released a handy infographic to help explain the background of Benefit Corporations, and why they are such an important new entity.
- If you’re looking for creative ways to further your environmental mission, our guest blogger Kristina Jackson was kind enough to give us her 7 tips on how to further your green agenda through social media.
- Trying to figure out if your business can go green? Check out this post by guest writer Clint Robertson on the 6 unlikely industries entrepreneurs can go green in!
- If a Benefit Corporation sounds like something you are interested in, we can help get you get it set up and running. Our CEO Deborah Sweeney even wrote a post on how to run a Benefit Corporation!
- Even if you’re not ready to commit to running a Benefit Corporation, you can still work to do your part and reduce your impact on the environment. Our guest blogger Kandace Heller recommended six ways you can reduce your business’s waste.
Have any questions about Benefit Corporations? Thinking about forming your own? Leave a comment below, or give us a call at 1-877-692-6772, and we’ll be happy to help you out!
In recent years, large corporations are becoming more aware of the dwindling natural resources and are doing their part to conserve energy and reduce the amount of waste they produce. Intel has become the largest purchaser of green power in the United States are the company has greatly reduced the amount of energy used to run the business. Other popular companies like Kohl’s deparment store and Starbucks coffee have followed suit. If you want your company to be part of this environmentally-conscious movement, then follow these six steps to reduce waste in the workplace.
1. Stop Printing So Much
One of the most wasteful things that many companies do is excessive printing of documents. Not only does this waste paper, but it also wastes a lot of energy and ink. If you want to take an instant step to reduce waste in your workplace, then encourage everyone in the office to transmit documents electronically whenever possible. Many people print documents, read over them, and immediately shred of recycle them. This is an unnecessary use of paper. Only print what you actually have to have in paper form.
In an age where climate change is one of the first things mentioned in political campaigns and global warming updates are plastered all over the news, people have grown infinitely more aware of the environment. This shift toward an eco-friendly lifestyle has opened up a slew of opportunities for entrepreneurs looking to change the planet and capitalize on the green scene.
Starting a business as a benefit corporation and being completely transparent about your environmental performance could pay dividends, not only for the environment but for your business’s bottom line. According to a 2013 Nielsen study, 50 percent of global consumers surveyed are willing to pay more for services and goods that give back to society.
Better still, there are opportunities available in every industry to start a green business. Eco-friendly companies are no longer limited to organic farms or natural product lines. You can even leverage your expertise in a career you’re passionate about and turn it into a green endeavor with a few simple changes. Check out these ideas for starting a green company in an ordinary, everyday field.
Although many had believed the digital age would bring a dramatic decrease in the usage of paper as a medium, it is evident that this is not yet the case. The average company still prints around a hundred documents a day, which proves that paper is still irreplaceable in the business world. However, computers did bring us an unwelcomed change – increasing complexity in managing and controlling a company’s paper output.
Saving money on your business overhead is like putting money directly into your pocket. As a small business owners are always looking for ways to make the most of their budget so they can classify as much of their revenues as possible as profit. As you probably know, cash flow is what is going to keep your start-up above water. To get more cash flow, you need to either sell more or cut back on expenses, and when you do not have a large book-of-business, cutting back is the most practical option.
Every business owner knows the basics of reducing overhead, but sometimes it takes a bit of creativity to reduce spending without compromising business solvency.
In today’s environmentally conscious social environment, building and operating a business that implements as many green practices as reasonably possible is not only healthy for the environment, it’s also a case of excellent PR. Numerous companies have actually boosted their sales revenues and client retention rates by through implementing eco-friendly practices and publicizing this fact.
In some cases, clients are even willing to accept slightly higher costs of doing business if they’re made aware of the fact that your company is honestly attempting to ease the footprint it leaves on the environment.
Given these benefits and the fact that you will be leaving a small but important mark on the world, there is no reason not to adapt at least a few key green strategies in your own start-up or established business. Let’s cover a few.