Small businesses are being urged to sharpen their focus on sustainability to coincide with Earth Hour, taking place on 28 March.
For any small business, driving sustainability across their organisation in order to “go green” is a challenge. With small teams and busy workloads, small businesses are typically too focused on the day-to-day running of their business to devote time to researching and implementing sustainable practices. For example, one area of waste that’s often overlooked is paper-based processes. The average Australian worker uses 50kg of paper a year. This is equivalent to 10,000 sheets of A4 paper and 10 litres of water per single A4-sheet.
I recommend businesses to think big but start small. Reducing the friction of paper from a workplace (or home office) is an easy method to implement. It’s also a tangible and easily quantifiable step to reducing workplace waste. Whilst agreeing to take a “greener” approach to businesses is an important first step, what comes next in terms of having a beneficial impact on the environment and your business’s bottom line is where the real value lies.
Now is the time for small businesses to improve sustainability by:
Overall, as local demand for resources continues to grow, a sustainable future depends on us as individuals as well as businesses adopting the three principals/ R’s of sustainability – reduce, reuse and recycle. Reducing paper is one of the most straightforward and easy to measure initiatives you can introduce to your business, not only will this reduce your environmental footprint, it will return time and cost savings back to your business. We can decide, today, the kind of world – and workplace – generations to come will live and work in.
With Earth Hour upon us, now is the time to agree to get your business involved in climate change.
Andrea Dixon, Marketing Director – APAC, DocuSign