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Sustainability in the Office
With growing recognition of the impact business actions have on the environment, the need for sustainable practices in the workplace has become more urgent. There is an increased focus on exploring methods to improve sustainability in office settings.
This blog post discusses simple methods your business can adopt to improve sustainability practices and reduce your footprint.👣
Implementing sustainability into your everyday business practice has numerous benefits, such as:
Demonstrates that you are committed to being environmentally and socially responsible.
Increases employee engagement and satisfaction, as it reflects the company's commitment.
Build a brand image and reputation in the long term, attracting more customers/clients.
Choose Green Companies
Last month we partnered with two organisations, CarbonInvoice™ & Trees That Count, who are making a difference in Aotearoa. CarbonInvoice allows us to take a simple but powerful step towards climate change with every invoice. The platform connects with your accounting system and categorises business expenses into carbon categories. With each invoice to our clients, we can see how many trees will be planted to offset the cost to the planet.
Carbon Invoice work with trusted partners such as Trees That Count for the funding of native tree planting to enable the mitigation of your business's carbon footprint over 50 years from planting.
We also choose waste-free options that positively impact Aotearoa's biodiversity and people. Instead of gifting welcome boxes to our candidates, every permanent & contract placement made at Platinum Recruitment now receives a native tree, which will be planted in their region through the Trees That Count movement.
Encourage Your Employees To Share Their Ideas
Invite your team to have a real say on sustainability in the office. Create an environment where they can express their ideas on improving the existing practises and processes already in play.
Comprehensive Recycling Program
You are most likely already doing some recycling in your office. If this option is available, go the extra mile and add compost bins and soft plastics recycling. Make sure to label each bin - Recycle Kiwi makes this easy by providing free posters for businesses and schools highlighting each recycling station's information.
Donate Your Office Waste
In today's fast-paced environment, electronics can quickly become outdated and often left in drawers, forgotten about, or thrown in landfills. E-Waste comprises 70% of our overall toxic waste, and when sent to landfills which are burned, they release harmful toxins into the air.
If your electronics are in good working condition, donating them is a great option. We donate to organisations such as the Catalytic Foundation, which provide support to those who need it most.
Allowing employees to work from home, even if it's one day a week, decreases their commute emissions.
Reduce Individual Waste
One step we've taken to reduce waste in our break rooms is gifting every team member a bullet cup to get their caffeine fix without harming the environment.
Introduce Plants To Your Office Space
Studies show that having plants in the office decreases air pollution and increases employees' mood and productivity. Greener officers often mean healthier and happier employees.
You can significantly impact the office's sustainability by implementing these simple changes.