The media brings us vivid reports on the impact that major multi-national companies are having on the environment. The cumulative effects caused by the thousands of SMEs around the world is far more devastating, particularly when you consider that big business exists to serve the needs of small businesses and the individual consumer.
How can we measure the effect that our own business is having on the local, national and global environment? The impact made by society as a whole, contains so many variables that the production of any meaningful data, on an individual business level, is impossible. However, you can take some action to gauge and reduce your own company`s contribution to the worldwide environmental problems. For example, you can keep an inventory of the total weight of paper your business purchases and compare this to how much it recycles. This may seem an insignificant step, given the huge environmental challenges we face. However, when you consider that waste paper is probably the most extensively used commodity in any business, it could be seen as an issue of the greatest possible importance. And, it is an issue you can address immediately. By using logic and consideration, we can each make a difference to our environment. The conservation of the world`s energy resources, by means such as reducing the number of journeys we make, is certain to change the way we all do business in the future. If we cannot anticipate and act on these issues, the delivery of our products and services will fall behind those of our more environmentally-conscious competitors.