Over at Triple Three Solutions, we believe organisations of all sizes and sectors should be putting their best foot forward to bring a greener, more environmentally friendly focused effort within their business. (We’ve also spoken on the topic of eco-friendliness and sustainability in business previously) Plus, with Essity reporting that three-quarters of those who have returned to the workplace say they want a more environmentally friendly office with green spaces and eco-friendly practices, your employees want to see sustainable practices in your business as well.

Sustainability has become a key talking point in all businesses. Especially, after the COP26 back in November 2021. A particularly large push for sustainability in business was given back then, with many companies realising the impact improper environmental business practices have had on the world.

From our HR perspective, we’ve put together some sustainable tactics to benefit both the environment and your team members.

To start:

Firstly, we’d advise you to take a look at the UN’s 17 goals of sustainable development to figure out, particularly where your company could help.

You may feel you could take action on one or several of the goals in your organisation. Either way, any and all kind of action is great. Taking any number of steps toward sustainability is respectable and helps towards sustainable development in business.

UN Sustainable Development Goals Poster for HR Department and More

Do you have an idea of which goals you want to support in your company, but you’re not sure where to begin? The following suggestions could be a great place to start…

Our Sustainable Suggestions

Create sustainable commute schemes.

For individuals in the office, a green commute benefit plan is a great initiative to push those who are debating whether to drive or bike, in the right direction.

You could look into joining green commute schemes (we’d recommend the Green Commute Initiative), to urge workers into more eco-friendly office journeys. Offering vouchers or other benefits to employees for taking a sustainable approach to travel can positively impact your business and staff, as well as the environment.

Reward sustainable innovations.

Leading on from the previous point, you could take suggestions on sustainability from your employees directly.

Make sustainability a talking point in meetings; ask others how they think you could improve your company’s sustainability efforts. You may discover areas in the company that could be make greener that you previously never considered. Plus, rewarding those who engage in the sustainability conversation; boosts the conversation of sustainable practices, and urges others in your company to join in.

Reward those partaking in the conversation with not just verbal praise, but bring in incentives too; anything from monthly prize draws to a bottle of wine, your employees will appreciate it.

Look into developing a work-from-home initiative.

With the average UK commute being 59 minutes, and 68% of those commuting being via car, you can imagine the amount of CO2 that is being produced.

We’ve spoken on the topic of remote working previously. Remote working not only can benefit your business but also benefit the environment.

Think about all the different areas of your business. You may find some departments require more in-house time, whilst others may suit full-time remote work. Depending on this, you may be able to develop a working-from-home plan.

Do keep in mind, that if you aren’t able to have a WFH initiative, just by working on other areas to positively impact the environment, you’re doing the right thing. Every bit helps!

Purchase from ethical companies and reduce waste.

Think about what companies you use to supply your various departments. Were they the most sustainable choice?

Don’t panic if not, now is the time to do the research into who would be the most ethical choice to both suit your business, and help the environment. Anything from computer software to where you get your office milk supply from; go for the most sustainable option.

Related to this, make sure you’re reducing waste where you can. Take actions such as:

  • Limit your printing.
  • Offer various types of recycling bins in your kitchen and working areas.
  • Accept only reusable bottles at the water fountain, not disposal cups.

And to quote Joshua Becker:

“The most environmentally friendly product is the one you didn’t buy.”

Invest in green pensions.

The average pension pot in the UK finances 23 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year, according to pension provider Cushon, which is an incredible amount.

Take a look at the company you use for your pensions, and make sure they’re taking the actions to be sustainable.

If you’re looking for a more sustainable-focused pension company, we’d recommend either NEST for their ethical fund, which your employees can sign up to directly themselves, or Cushon, which offers a net-zero pension.

We all have a responsibility to be sustainable.

In businesses of all kinds, there should be an effort being taken to become as eco-friendly as possible, in all departments. By giving back where you can, you’re bringing a positive impact back into the world.

Jochen Zeitz once said:

“Sustainability is no longer about doing less harm. It’s about doing more good.” 

So, make sure you and your team are helping the environment in your own business where you can, today.

333 can help:

Feeling like you don’t know how to start these sustainable practices in your business? Want to take steps towards sustainable HR but need a hand? For this and more HR support, please feel free to get in touch. Call 0333 050 3330, use our contact page, or email us at lisa@triplethreesolutions.co.uk.