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How to Ensure You’re Hiring Eco-Friendly Businesses for Your Business.

2024, May 10th

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SUMMARY / KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • As a business owner, your commitment to sustainability can extend far beyond your own operations.
  • When you’re thinking about what you want from your business, your commitment needs to be one of the answers.
  • Actually, this seems to be something that a lot of business owners don’t quite seem to understand.

As a business owner, your commitment to sustainability can extend far beyond your own operations. When you’re thinking about what you want from your business, your commitment needs to be one of the answers. Actually, this seems to be something that a lot of business owners don’t quite seem to understand. When you need to upgrade your business, you turn to other businesses, right?

Well, your associations with other businesses can reflect on you- yes! When you need to outsource services or hire other businesses, selecting partners that align with your environmental values is crucial. Honestly, what’s the point of trying to focus on sustainability if you’re going to hire a business that doesn’t even bother?

It looks bad on you, and it’s going to give the idea that your business is just greenwashing. You do not want that whatsoever! Seriously, you’re going to want to do anything and everything you can to not get labeled that because it can kill your business and you’ll lose all trust! How can you be sure the businesses you hire are genuinely eco-friendly? Here are some practical tips to help you make informed decisions!

You’ll Have to Research Their Sustainability Claims.

So, it’s all going to start with some research; sometimes, it might be as easy as asking them upfront or looking at their website; other times, you might need to dig deeper. Almost always, you can expect a business to have the information right on their website. For example, if you’re needing a roof cleaning service because the roof on your office is getting gross- such as getting covered with dead leaves and moss, then it just might be as simple as looking at the website the cleaning service offers. Most businesses will try to be transparent, sometimes even having a full-length webpage about their dedication. But like what was just mentioned, you can ask them sometimes because not every business advertises this strongly.

Look for Certification and Rewards.

So it depends on the service and the business. For example, if you’re wanting to hire a graphic design to do some tweaks for a marketing campaign that you’re doing then of course you shouldn’t expect certifications or anything like that. But with that said, depending on the scale of this outsourcing, you can expect certifications to be a reliable way to check if a business is committed to environmental practices.

With that said, you’re going to want to look for industry-recognized certifications such as LEED for construction and design, ISO 14001 for environmental management, or even Energy Star if you’re buying or renting an appliance. Sure, there are others, too, depending on the sector. Again, don’t expect every industry to have one, but don’t expect every business to have one when it’s not necessary.

Are You Able to Check Their Carbon Footprint?

You might not be able to check this, but it still helps to look into this if possible. Depending on the scale and industry, you can expect that many companies are now calculating and publicly reporting their carbon footprint. Again, it’s going to depend on the footprint. So, why not inquire if the business you’re considering does this? More transparent companies might even publish sustainability reports or environmental impact assessments that detail their carbon emissions and what they’re doing to reduce them.

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