A new year is a great time for a new start and making resolutions can help you to focus on what you and your company should be doing, and the direction it should be taking as you make a start in Q1 of 2023.
New Year Resolutions do tend to be something that people make, then have either failed at or forgotten by the end of January, but when it comes to positioning your business for the year ahead, it makes a lot of sense to make specific commitments, and promises.
Taking an idea or concept, and actually putting it down for discussion or into a written document helps to take it from being a nebulous and easily ignored ‘thing’ and makes it a real goal which people in the company can get behind.
Sustainability and ESG reporting have certainly been a hot topic in 2022, and 2023 is set to be no different, with companies, businesses, and influential individuals alike, really examining what they’re doing, and finding better ways of doing it.
As technology continues to improve, consumers look even closer at what companies are doing, and governments across the globe starting to consider (or implement) legislation to protect the planet – it’s so important to be operating in a way that keeps you ahead of the curve, and ready for what comes next.
In order to start with making a sustainable and eco-friendly change, we’ve put together some possible resolutions for you:
Make Use of Your Year End Review and Set New Targets
Most businesses will get to the end of Q4 and put together a year-in-review, where they examine what their business has done, where it’s succeeded, where it’s failed, and where they can do better. This information is actually a gold mine for ESG and Sustainability data as well. Take the time to evaluate it with a different view – how much have you spent on your supply chains? How much would this cost if you made sustainable changes? How much have you spent on your energy bills? How much would these reduce if you swapped to renewable energy, or even just replaced the light bulbs with energy efficient ones? From an ESG point of view – what was your turnover like? How can you make a difference? What are your staff saying?
Take all this data and seek out the answers to your questions – by comparing the results with your end-of-year information, you can lay out a more sustainable path for the year to come.
Start Small and Build on Your Sustainable Efforts
If you’re not already started on your sustainable strategy, and don’t really have the budget to go big – that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything,
Consider small steps. Such as:
– In office recycling schemes
– Replace single use plastics in communal areas (such as cups at the water dispensers or cutlery in the canteen)
– Ask staff to bring in their own cups or reusable water bottles instead of offering plastic cups
You might want to take slightly larger steps, such as:
– Going paper-free and removing printers from the office
– Evaluate the level of lighting the office is using over night and consider whether it can be safely and responsibly reduced.