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Six ways going green can benefit your business

Published Monday, May 13, 2019 6:00 pm
by Greg Tigges

Earth Day only comes once a year but environmentally friendly business practices should last throughout the entire year. Not only do they help save the earth, but they can also benefit your business.

Here are six reasons to go green that have nothing to do with being environmentally friendly.

  1. You’ll save money.

Some green practices save money upfront; others require an initial investment, such as purchasing a more environmentally friendly printer. Ultimately, however, your green practices should pay off in savings.

Here are some easy ways to cut costs:

  • Use natural lighting whenever possible. You’ll save on electricity and make your team more creative. Swap incandescent light bulbs for energy-efficient lighting, and install sensors that automatically turn lights on and off.
  • Buy pre-owned or remanufactured equipment, such as Xerox refurbished printers. Xerox technicians inspect them and they’re warrantied so you can feel confident they’re reliable.
  •  Buy energy-efficient equipment like Xerox printers and multifunction printers. Look for the EPA Energy Star or EPEAT labels. Both certify energy efficiency and fewer emissions; the EPEAT label certifies that the equipment was made with minimal environmental impact across its lifecycle, from design and manufacture to disposal.

2.    You’ll reduce waste.

Reducing paper waste is one of the easiest and most satisfying changes you can make. Digitize your documents and data, and you’ll eliminate file cabinets full of folders, wastebaskets full of discarded paper, and the hassle of securely shredding documents before discarding them. Take the Xerox Efficient Printing Test to see how efficient your printing process is.

3.    You’ll save time.

Storing your information in the cloud instead of printing everything out means your key data is accessible to your employees whenever they need it. No more digging through file cabinets for that missing piece of paper, or leaving an important report back at the office in your rush to make your flight.

Start digitizing your documents with Xerox printers using ConnectKey technology. They make it easy to scan documents directly to popular cloud storage apps such as Microsoft 365, Google Drive and Dropbox.

4.    You’ll attract more customers.

More than three-fourths (76 percent) of consumers expect companies to take action against climate change and are willing to support those actions with their purchases, according to a study by Cone Communications. But consumers aren’t the only ones who care about environmental responsibility. Many government agencies and other public sector organizations prefer to do business with environmentally friendly companies.

To help attract new customers, be sure to spread the word about your company’s environmentally friendly practices. Share what you’re doing on your website and social media. Use Xerox press release templates to tell your story to the media.

5.    You’ll be more successful at attracting and retaining employees.

More than three-fourths of millennials consider a company’s social and environmental impact when deciding where to work, reports Cone Communications. Nearly two-thirds (64 percent) won’t take a job with a company unless it has strong corporate social responsibility practices, and 75 percent would take a pay cut in order to work for an environmentally responsible business.

Build engagement with your policies by getting your employees involved in greening your business. Some 89 percent of millennials expect their employers to provide hands-on ways for them to get involved with environmental activities at work. Start by asking for suggestions to make your business more environmentally friendly; then create an employee task force to implement the changes.

6.    Your employees will be more productive.

Engaged employees work harder and are more dedicated to their jobs, but in addition to the psychological benefits of working for a green company, there are physical benefits as well. For example, one study by Harvard researchers found that working in green buildings reduces employees’ healthcare costs—and increases productivity by $6,000-$7,000 per worker annually.

You don’t have to start every initiative right away. Just pick one or two that are achievable and sustainable (pun intended).

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