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Don’t’ we deserve a city free from litter?
Clean streets benefit all businesses. Will we keep attracting tourists if they are greeted with litter? Will we keep our Green city image?
I believe that as a business we have a responsibility to ensure the environment in which we operate is not negatively impacted by our trade.
Almost all businesses use transport of some kind, whether it’s to transport products, to meet clients, or for commutes to work. The true environmental impact of your business takes in all these areas. With the price of fuel at the pumps on a steady increase, it doesn’t matter what your views on climate change are, the fact we are reliant on an expensive resource we have very limited control over, is worrying for us all.
Craker Business Solutions has generated 0.21 tonnes of CO2 in the last 6 months (although this is only the part I’ve been able to measure). 1 tonne is 556m3 which is approximately the volume of a 3 bedroom house. So imagine that house has 6 rooms, in 6 months my business has pumped out enough CO2 to fill say the small third bedroom.
One of the key reason’s why I wanted to set up my business was to run it in line with my values and beliefs. I wanted to engage with the wider community to raise awareness of ethical and environmental issues, the role of financial management in helping a business to meet its aim, and in younger generations the importance of financial management and careers in finance. Here is my story so far. I challenge you to help break the divide between ‘social enterprise’ and ‘business’ – surely they needn’t be mutually exclusive?
When planning to start my business I identified the inputs needed to run a small local accountancy practice. For each of these, I researched suppliers who put their environmental impact top of their agenda. By selecting suppliers who have reduced their carbon emissions I too reduce my business’ overall carbon footprint. However, there were many areas in my business where I could directly reduce my emissions. This is my story to date, including calculations of Craker Business Solutions' carbon footprint.
Even the small decisions such as which webhost to use can have a huge impact when combined with millions of others who make the same small decision. Did you know that the net effect of running the servers for all of the servers in the United States is equal to that of five nuclear power plants?
When assessing the impact of your business on the environment and community in which you operate, it is common practice to assess all the inputs to your business. But how many of us would add ethical and environmental factors to our decision making process in selecting our bankers?