A green business will implement a green purchasing policy to help the environment, save money and improve their public image.
Benefits of a green purchasing policy
There a many benefits that a green business will gain from developing a green purchasing policy.
Green businesses save money by using more durable products. Often green office supplies will use less energy, reduce waste and last longer. This means less money is spent on re-supplies.
Improved public image:
A green business is seen as a good corporate citizen. People value and respect businesses taking on environmental issues for the benefit of society.
Investors look favourably on businesses with a good public image and customer loyalty. Those increasing sales whilst reducing operating costs are also great for investors.
How to implement a green purchasing policy:
Implementing a green purchasing policy takes time. It has to be strategically thought through. Errors in judgment early on will affect the overall outcome of the policy. The following is a brief overview of how you should implement a purchasing policy.
Get management involved:
Management have to be involved. Encouragement from the top down will help your policy become successful.
Create a team:
A green purchasing policy will cover all departments of your business. This means there should be a team with members from each department:
- Human resources
- Public relations
It is not possible for your green business to have just one person overseeing a purchasing policy with so many departments involved. This is one reason why implementing a policy can take time.
Assess current supplies:
You should take a look at your current purchasing policy before beginning a green one. Draw up a document that lists your current conventional supplies. How many do you need? What is the current quality and standard of each item.
With this knowledge you will be in a better position to make appropriate purchasing decisions.
It is important for a green policy to be implemented gradually. By making small changes you can prioritise which areas of you business need to be focused on. For instance do you need:
- Energy efficient appliances; check for energy star label
- Non toxic cleaning products
- Recycled products; take a look on www.thegreenoffice.co.uk
It also helps employees get used to the new ways of working and cause less confusion.
Once a green purchasing policy has been implemented you have to regularly track the progress. This will help you to make sure your purchasing policy is working.
The first step a business will take to becoming a green business is to implement a new purchasing policy. By following these steps you can begin moving towards sustainability.
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