Seven hints to start greening your business and engaging your stakeholders

Did you know?

95% of companies on the planet are SMEs?

The power of small: unlocking the potential of SMEs

“Greening up your business is expensive — green-washing your business is cheap!”

Unlike large firms that have the means to be pro-active and be more likely to engage in pre-emptive sustainability strategies, small firms tend to be reactive and respond only to strong pressures from external stakeholders.


Hint 1: Know where you are

Make an assessment

Hint 2: Transport

In the countryside, there is often little or no alternative to a car if you need to get from A to B.

Hint 3: Steer away from your single-use products

Plastic coffee cups, paper towels, little sachets of sugar/salt/pepper, etc. can easily be replaced by more sustainable solutions.

Hint 4: Go paperless

Of course, there are documents you need in writing but an awful lot of paper can be saved in an office.


Hint 5: Make sure you recycle your electronics

You’ve just upgraded your company’s IT hardware?

Electronic waste

Hint 6: Use resources responsibly

Whether it’s electricity or water, on the whole, we use more than strictly necessary.

Hint 7: Communicate, be transparent

As it has been said before, but we’ll gladly repeat it:

Sustainable development is not a one-man show.

You cannot go green alone.

Even if your company is huge, the overall effect of greening it up will be small, but if you nudge/ push your business partners to do likewise the effect will be much bigger.

A good company delivers excellent products and services, and a great company does all that and strives to make the world a better place” -

Bill Ford Jr., COO, CEO, and Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company

Co-Fonder of Trianon Scientific Communication. Expert in Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainable Development for SMEs —

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