A recent article by Joann Whitcher on MyPrintResource.com, “Making a Case for Sustainability,” looked at the relationship between sustainability and return on investment. It made a number of good points, including the fact that customers are looking for sustainable products more and more.
The article quoted a consultant who said that “sleuthing for environmental impact reductions” is an excellent way to squeeze out waste. She continued, “Your money works harder for you when what you buy is used rather than wasted.”
I agree. And that’s one of the best arguments to use with your C-suite to validate pursuit of sustainable solutions.
I was also struck by the article’s recommendation for organizations to define what sustainability means. To some, it’s about the environment. To others, it’s more about people or profits. But the point here is to clearly state what it is, so that all stakeholders know what they can do to help the company reach its goals.
At xpedx, we believe it’s important to deliver the products our customers want while at the same time we’re ensuring responsible stewardship of natural resources. Our sustainability platform has three key elements.
We’re working toward Sustainable Operations by reducing waste from our facilities and the fuel consumption of our fleet. We have earned the ENERGY STAR® designation in dozens of our buildings by making them more energy efficient. We are a partner with SmartWay® to manage our fleet and have implemented a national recycling program to manage waste to landfill.
xpedx is also offering Sustainable Product Choices, including our maintenance of chain of custody for paper products, so that our customers can meet their internal sustainability objectives. And we are providing Sustainable Leadership with consulting resources for our customers and third-party collaborations.
These three areas form the core of our sustainability efforts at xpedx. I would love to know what you are doing to advocate for sustainability in your place of work. Please let me know by leaving a comment here on my blog.