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As the narrative around climate change shifts from the responsibility of the individual to the collective power of business to effect meaningful change, now is the time to start a conversation about how your small business can make a visible impact in a real and purposeful way. Startups and small businesses have the agility advantage when implementing these features in the workplace, whether it’s ditching plastic water bottles, changing lights or sponsoring tree planting on deforested land, but how do we embed it into our company values and create a dynamic around it? culture?
We asked industry experts to share their most effective advice for small businesses to combat climate change.
“I would encourage companies to develop a net-zero emissions path by first developing a company carbon inventory. The first step is to understand your direct and indirect carbon emissions. An easy way to start is to analyze the electricity consumption that the company uses” in its offices and in the building. This can be converted to carbon emissions using the EPA Greenhouse Gas Emissions Calculation. “
— Faith Taylor Vice President, Global Sustainability Officer, Kyndryl Global Corporate Affairs
“Leading with a community-first mindset is one of the most important aspects of having an impact on climate change and sustainable development practices. At Wonder, our vision is not only to reduce our own impact, but to generate an ever-expanding impact across industries. Positive impact and community. Businesses operating with the goal of net zero naturally have limits on the changes they can make; they can only reduce emissions. Instead, by focusing on systems that generate external impacts, there are no limits to the transformation you can drive” via collective effort. To achieve this, we have structured our sustainability practices around five key pillars – food sourcing, food waste, packaging, healthy buildings and an emissions-neutral fleet – all of which are major contributors to climate change . “— Rosbergman, Senior Manager of Sustainability at Wonder
Related: Why you need to incorporate sustainability into your business strategy
“As we work towards a clean energy transition, it is important to understand that we are all in this together. No matter what your day job is, as an established entrepreneur, innovator or just starting your career, there is a role for you Play a role in tackling climate change. We all need to ask ourselves – do my choices result in using as little energy as possible? Among the affordable and reliable options, is this the cleanest option? Do you spend Spend as much time evaluating energy options as possible – lighting, heating, cooling your home or office – when you’re shopping for a new car or looking for a new show to binge-watch? If the answer is no, it’s time to increase your energy awareness . — Ralph Izzo, Executive Chairman of PSEG
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