As I was out walking this morning reflecting on what a lovely day it was (hence the piccie below) I got to thinking about what an exceptional world we live in – and how much we take it for granted.
I was reminded of the words of the TV advertisement from the WWF. We are the first generation who understands the destructive effect we are having on our planet – and the last who may be able to do anything to stop it!
That is quite a profound statement, and one that makes most of us feel powerless. When big businesses fail to change the way they are acting, what can small businesses do to affect anything?
Well, I guess, we can do our bit.
There are millions of small businesses and together we have a voice. By changing the way we run our businesses we can do our bit to influence opinion – and benefit from reduced costs and increased profits.
Some small businesses I know have started to offset the carbon emissions they are responsible for, so that any negative impacts their businesses may have on the environment are offset by positive ones. In doing so, they have attracted customers who are also mindful of their environmental impact.
Others have moved away from travelling long distances to meetings – which others have also travelled to get to – and moved to online meeting tools such as Zoom. Travel costs are saved, as well as a good chunk of time.
Where travel is unavoidable some business owners are moving towards public transport – which can often be cheaper and more convenient than using the car – or walking or cycling.
In the office, many small businesses are looking at having online document management systems so that printing is kept to a minimum. This saves paper, ink and time – not to mention office space.
In changing our habits we will also start to influence larger businesses because they will want to sell us the services we use – and will start to see reductions in sales of those we don’t.
I am in the process of doing an environmental audit of my business to try to minimise the negative impact Bevan Financial Management has on the environment – perhaps you would like to do the same for your business?
Worst case? We just save some money! Best Case? We save our world!