So World Consumption Day is every year a little earlier - until we manage to protect more than we consume from the earth. According to the WWF, there are three options for the end consumer to live more sustainably and thus advance the date of World Exhaustion Day: "Buy green, consume less and eat less meat," is the recommendation for private individuals.
But what can companies do,
to make their contribution?
The conservation of resources is no longer just about not leaving the tap open for too long. Especially for transport-intensive companies, the conservation of resources has a great lever in terms of sustainability. There are many innovative transport methods and technologies for a smarter and therefore more efficient process. In container management, a lot can be gained with smart software. It is therefore worthwhile - not only for companies that have a lot of transport in their value chain - to regularly keep an eye out for new technology.
But increasing material efficiency and monitoring and optimizing energy consumption can also have a big impact. In addition, every company should regularly ask itself the questions as to which hazardous substances are part of its value chain and whether they cannot be replaced? Substitutes are often not only more environmentally friendly, but also more efficient.
As a result, employees will not only become increasingly attentive to the use of resources in everyday (working) life, but will also become multipliers in their private environment.
But how do you create such a sustainable corporate culture? The key word is "talking to each other".
Create communication through events, intranets, e-mails or communication media such as office supplies. In addition to the request not to print out e-mails in the binder, there may also be a link to externally accessible sustainability information. Ballpoint pens can show that they are made of renewable materials and should therefore be looked after particularly well, and so on and so forth. A brainstorming session in the office supplies issue and you notice that there are hardly any limits to your imagination in order to get the topic of sustainability into the heads of your employees quite simply.
Set a good example as a company - employees are also resources that need to be nurtured and used with care: There are many measures that do not cost much, but have a big impact on the satisfaction of the people in the company.
- A holiday program, for example, contributes to family friendliness and takes the burden and guilty conscience off parents' shoulders.
- An offer of high-quality organic meals in the canteen reduces sick days and allows employees to work more productively. Of course, a healthy person is more resilient and a balanced diet makes a significant contribution to this.
And so there are countless possibilities that your employees are guaranteed to appreciate.
It is not only in themselves that companies can take action when it comes to preserving our planet. Manufacturing companies in particular can also exert a great deal of influence indirectly by selecting their suppliers. If companies pay attention to the environmental compatibility of their suppliers, other advantages often go hand in hand. A shorter transport route not only reduces CO2 emissions, but can also have the positive side effect that deliveries can be made more flexibly and quickly, thus reducing opportunity and storage costs. In concrete terms, when selecting suppliers your company can attach importance not only to distance but also to the fact that unused raw materials can be returned or reused.
But even the small things can make big changes - in the medium to long term. For example, it is also worth buying fair coffee in the offices and canteen. By the way: With a small note on the coffee machine, you can also strengthen the sustainable awareness of your employees.
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