A “green” business strives to have a positive impact on the environment and community. It develops and practices business strategies that go beyond regulation and demonstrate commitment to a healthy and sustainable future.
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, having never attended one, but there was some impassioned and very knowledgable informal discussions around the table about climate, the environment and the impact businesses can have on it.
Our guest speaker for the evening was Sam Saxby, the self-professed Eco Fairy, who introduced the attendees to the Leeds Eco Fair. The Eco-Fair is an annual environmental expo which takes place in Yorkshire. It is now into its fifth year and the 2014 event is aiming attract 1,000 visitors. The goals are simple; to inspire businesses to change and to help them find green business solutions to everyday problems.
As the owners of a small business I feel its important that we start off on the right foot, as it’s easy for a company to grow and develop without really considering the environmental impact their activities can have. It’s always much harder for a company change its culture and ‘go green’ after they’re already established and have a list of suppliers and processes that may not be ideal for the environment. Educating and empowering people at the core of the business is a good way to develop a green culture.
Does your business actively strive to be greener and reduce the impact on the environment? Share your ideas and best practices in the comments below.