So, you’ve decided to make some changes to your business. You’re thinking about how you can cut down on excesses and how you can use more responsible materials. That’s great! The world needs more people like you! As you’re trying to make your business more green each day, it’s helpful to keep an eye on other businesses that are doing the same, particularly those who are doing it on a larger scale. While you may not be the greenest business in the world, you can study those who are at the top of that list. What are they doing? How are they doing it? How is it affecting their bottom line and their popularity amongst consumers?
Here’s a look at some of the greenest businesses in the world, according to Newsweek.com:
1. Shire PLC
From its corporate headquarters in Dublin, Ireland, this pharmaceutical group sets a shining example for any company aspiring to be more environmentally friendly. Shire is proud of its efforts to reduce emissions and to use resources more responsibly. In addition to its rank on Newsweek’s list, Shire has also been ranked amongst the most sustainable businesses, according to the Global 100 Sustainability Index. As they incorporate greener practices, Shire continues to set higher and higher sustainability goals for itself as a company.
2. Reckitt Benckiser Group PLC
This consumer goods company, based in Slough, England, has operations in 60 countries across the globe. Some of its most popular brands are Air Wick, Mucinex, and Lysol. In 2012, the company launched a sustainability initiative, setting goals to use more sustainable products and to reduce their water impact and their carbon footprint.
3. BT Group PLC
Founded in 1969, this telecommunications company is headquartered in London, UK. BT is not a new player in the renewable energy game. In fact, back in 2004, they signed the world’s largest renewable energy deal, choosing to power all of their exchanges, offices, and satellite networks with renewable energy. As their business grows, BT continues to make commitments to further improve their practices.
4. Swisscom AG
Another telecommunications company to make the list, Swisscom AG is headquartered in Worblaufen, Switzerland. In addition to making Newsweek’s list, Swisscom was also recognized as one of the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. They are committed to practices that support sustainable living and working.
5. Essilor International S.A.
Essilor is a French medical equipment company that produces corrective lenses and ophthalmic equipment. In terms of environmental awareness, this company is striving to use responsible materials and to reduce its use of electricity and water.
6. Nike, Inc.
Nike is a household name in athletic equipment, especially footwear. This American company has been ranked by Clean Air-Cool Planet as one of the top three most climate-friendly companies. Further, Nike has developed processes to create shoes out of recycled shoes and manufacturing waste.
As you can see, being green isn’t just for tech companies in California, US. There are initiatives across the globe to reduce waste and to use cleaner energy. Green business practices are available to any company in any business sector and in any country.
Additionally, as companies are making these important changes, they are being recognized for doing so. Be mindful that you should let your customers know as you make strides toward more responsible business practices. Many consumers are concerned with environmental issues, just like you are, and would prefer to support a company that is in line with their own values.
I hope that this list has encouraged you to make your business more green today!