If you’re an SME owner or manager, there’s a good chance that your larger customers are demanding more from you on sustainability and CSR (partly because someone’s demanding it of them). Here are some simple hacks to help you improve and showcase your performance.
Disclaimer: before you start making too many changes, it’s sensible to get a handle on where you’re starting from – our unique maturity model can help.
As an SME, there’s every chance that your sustainability and CSR performance is already pretty good: smaller companies tend to experience greater cash flow pressures and therefore work harder to contain their costs, including by being resource efficient and energy thrift; and they also typically have stronger links to their community through the people they employ.
They just don’t always recognise these attributes as being linked to sustainability and CSR, so when someone asks them for evidence of their performance, they overlook these key differentiators and miss an opportunity to shine.
The business benefits of strong sustainability and CSR performance
Sustainability and CSR offer your SME business a number of benefits, which include:
Saving money, increasing profits and boosting growth
Minimising business risks
Enhancing your reputation
Reinforcing your ethics and integrity
Sustainability and CSR hacks for quick results
As an SME owner or manager, you are uniquely positioned to improve your sustainability and CSR performance: with typically flatter management structures and less bureaucracy, you can reach decisions more easily and start implementing beneficial changes more speedily.
Here are some hacks for quick results.
Pay them enough
Develop and empower them
Look after them (H&S)
Pay your taxes on time and in full
Comply with relevant laws
Source locally where you can
Pay them on time
Energy and resources:
Produce fewer emissions
Waste and recycling:
All these things added together mean you will make a real difference to society and the environment, both locally and beyond.
And, done right, the benefits keep being reinforced.
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