Aim for ‘zero waste to landfill’ – reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and follow the waste hierarchy.
Move away from single use products – invest in glasses, mugs, crockery and cutlery in staff kitchens and catering. Minimise packaging and work with suppliers to reduce the packaging they deliver to you.
Reduce paper – go paperless where possible, or consider using a sustainable printing service.
Reduce the need to travel – consider allowing staff to work from home or using video conferencing for meetings.
Promote sustainable travel – offer a cycle to work scheme, including providing bike racks and showers; convert company cars to electric ones, and consider taking the train to European destinations.
Improve your company’s water efficiency – see Waterwise for tips for businesses.
The Carbon Trust has guides and tools to help, including sector and technology specific advice.
Develop a sustainability strategy – this will help provide direction and a framework for achieving your sustainability goals. Conduct a survey on your carbon emissions and use this information to plan how to reduce your emissions. Take a look at Better Business’s tips, or see Corporate Citizenship’s guide.
Engage to create change:
With suppliers – work to identify and reduce the carbon emissions of your business. Consider implementing a green procurement strategy.
With customers – tell them about your sustainability actions and get feedback on ways they would like your services to be more environmentally-friendly.
With other companies – to share ideas, find new markets, products and solutions. Consider joining Oxfordshire Greentech to be part of a business network that will advise on reducing carbon emissions.
With staff – ask for their ideas about what the company should do, run internal campaigns to reduce waste and increase recycling.
Our business support pages offers sustainability advice and other useful pieces of information to run your business in South Oxfordshire.
We have partnered with OxfordshireGreentech to support local businesses to reduce their carbon emissions. Become a member to have access to specialist resources, business promotion, grant funding and more. As the council is a member, you can receive 10 per cent off basic member rates.
Consider becoming a B Corp, a business that balances purpose and profit. B Corps are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, suppliers’ community, and the environment.
Work to achieve a recognised an international environmental standard such as ISO14001.