How businesses are going greener! 🌲

Hello! I'm champion_watermelon and I'm here to talk about how businesses are 'going greener'

What is 'going green'?

"Going green" means to be more environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible decisions and lifestyles, which can help protect the environment and sustain its natural resources for current and future generations.For example, here at CCJA (Cheam Common Juniour Academy) for a day we made everyone in the school wear green and we had an outdoor classroom day, which ment we had a lesson outside, obviously we couldnt of spent the whole day outside because we would of gotten cold, and we couldn't of mixxed with the other years due to covid-19 reasons

Why should we go greener?

There are many reasons for going green and heres a list of a few,

  • you'll increase your home value
  • The energy savings will add up
  • You'll save money on your water bill
  • You'll breathe better air
  • You'll 'get more done'
  • Your project will create less construction waste
  • Green homes preserve their surroundings

How will people react with this?

It will be a hard change for us as many people think going greener costs more, actually it dosn't! It saves money for a lot of things for example in 2019 the average combined gas and electricity bill for UK households reached an eye-watering £1,289 a year. The average electricity bill was £679 – an increase of 6% compared to 2018. As for gas, the average bill was estimated as £610 – a rise of 2.8%.

Thankyou for reading! Feel free to ask comments

(Sorry for it being quite short)

champion_watermelon

Comments (1)

  • global-conversation.png observant_sparrow | School College Pilote Sousse | Tunisia
    21 May 2021

    How to become an eco-responsible company? Long before asking this question, we must certainly ask ourselves why a company would want to reduce its ecological footprint?

    The answer is obvious at first glance, especially since asking the question is almost embarrassing. Why? Well because! It is the crisis! The climate emergency! Our civic duty, human ... no?

    Anyone who runs a business knows full well that any business decision should be about more than thoughtless desire or values. However, the eco-responsibility of your business is much more than a thoughtless desire; it generates tangible benefits, as well as a return on investment that is worth it.

    Savings from going green
    Léopold Beaulieu, Chairman and CEO of Fondaction, responds quite eloquently to entrepreneurs wondering if going green is profitable:

    How could it not be? Green initiatives make it possible to position oneself in the markets and ensure the sustainability of the organization by using as few resources as possible.
    We didn't need more to be convinced.

    According to the majority of business leaders who have taken the plunge, the main gain obtained through sustainable development measures is financial. Eh yes! In fact, pro-environment choices for companies are more expensive at the time, but allow significant savings in the medium or long term. Of course, the time to invest in the process also matters, since, as the saying goes, time is money. However, be aware that several small steps can be taken in this direction without having to completely transform your organization.

    The government loves eco-responsible companies
    In a document from the Quebec Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Export called The benefits of a sustainable development approach for Quebec businesses, we note:

    “By attempting to reduce the environmental effects of their production processes, manufacturing companies have been able to benefit from average savings of over $ 50,000 per year as well as a return on investment in less than 16 months on average. "

    In the same document, it is also explained that several investors such as the Caisse Desjardins and the Fonds de solidarité FTQ are more inclined to support socially responsible businesses. For example, Caisse Desjardins founded the SocieTerra portfolios, “intended to invest in Canadian companies selected according to environmental, social and governance criteria. "

    In addition, you may have already known that the government provides some subsidies relating to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental initiatives.

    Better staff retention rate
    Taking into account the gross national happiness of employees and nurturing their pride in belonging to your company is not a luxury. Should we remind you of the current context of labor shortage? Becoming a green company is a concrete promise to your employees that you care about the future, their future and that of their children.

    The best way to recruit and retain employees is actually to offer them more than just a job. Good conditions, certainly, a mission, even better!

    Charles Massicotte, employer of 350 people, affirmed in the article Bet on the retention of personnel published in the magazine Les Affaires that “the first element to consider is to recognize that the most important asset within a company, this are the employees who work there. We must therefore create work environments that promote their mobilization and retention. »Becoming an eco-responsible company could well become a valuable argument for your employees, an additional motivation to work for you, a responsible employer.

    Organizational culture
    And you, what sets your organizational culture apart? What is also called corporate culture is actually the basis of your employer brand. The concept of an employer brand refers to what a company is recognized for, internally and externally, in relation to the work environment or even social commitment. In a context where the environmental cause occupies so much place in the public space, any social commitment must almost necessarily involve actions in this direction.

    A more attractive brand image
    In light of this information, it's hard to ignore the fact that your environmental commitments will have a huge positive effect on the "popularity" of your business. Did you know that "50% of Canadians say they would not support a political party that does not commit to fight against climate change?

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