Apply Social Consciousness to Your Work
Our daily workplace can be a great stage for social change!
The quick tips for realizing sustainable office environment
ost of us spend 1/3 of our daily lives at work, whether you are an employee or an employer. Our dedicated hours and work have positive or negative social and environmental impact. This tells us that it is possible to use our workplace as a vehicle to make a positive change to the world if we decide to do so. When we resolve to do this, we will acquire great wisdom to make our workplace more humanistic and sustainable. Our wish is that you become a game changer of our economic system through your contributions as an employee or an employer.
Our current economic system, an overall profit-driven system, has been creating various negative impacts on our communities and our planet earth. It is time for us to unite and to a purpose-driven economic system.
The great news is that already some business owners have been taking initiatives to create a new system along with various non-profits and government officials.
Business should be driven by social and environmental values, using profits to advance positive, global change. This would be the ultimate ideal system that all companies should practice.
To achieve this big dream, we have to start with whatever we can do right now. Here, we came up with some practical tips that you can apply right away. Even if you are an employee, you can suggest these ideas to your superiors. The power of dialogue is the most effective way to transform your workplace even as an employee.
1) Use eco-friendly office consuming goods
- These are the basic items that most of the offices use. When you switch to these every day consumable items to sustainable products, your office will be making a great change to the environment.
2) Use Renewable Energy
- Green power sources, including solar and wind energy, are more accessible than ever, with options including rooftop solar installations and large-scale wind farms. You can compare rates from different suppliers and choose a green energy plan here @ Electricity Plans.
3) Go Paperless
- The greenest paper is no paper at all! So try to keep things digital whenever possible and avoid unnecessary printings. Most of the wastes are coming from corrections, revisions, and updates on printed documents. Get in the habit of reviewing digital documents on-screen, rather than printing them out.
Business can be a force for good!
A historic global culture shift is underway to redefine the role of business in society. B Corporations are leading this movement to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy with dignity and purpose.
What is a B Corporation?
Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.
Society’s most challenging problems cannot be solved by government and nonprofits alone. The B Corp community works toward reduced inequality, lower levels of poverty, a healthier environment, stronger communities, and the creation of more high quality jobs with dignity and purpose. By harnessing the power of business, B Corps use profits and growth as a means to a greater end: positive impact for their employees, communities, and the environment.
B Corps form a community of leaders and drive a global movement of people using business as a force for good. The values and aspirations of the B Corp community are embedded in the B Corp Declaration of Interdependence.
As of August 2018, there are over 2,655 certified B Corporations across 150 industries in 60 countries
B Corporation certification (also known as B Lab certification or B Corp certification) is a private certification issued to for-profit companies by B Lab, a global nonprofit organization with offices in the United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and a partnership in Latin America with Sistema B. To be granted and to preserve certification, companies must receive a minimum score on an online assessment for "social and environmental performance", satisfy the requirement that the company integrate B Lab commitments to stakeholders into company governing documents, and pay an annual fee ranging from $500 to $50,000.
Certifying as a B Corporation goes beyond product- or service-level certification. B Corp Certification is the only certification that measures a company’s entire social and environmental performance. The B Impact Assessment evaluates how your company’s operations and business model impact your workers, community, environment, and customers. From your supply chain and input materials to your charitable giving and employee benefits, B Corp Certification proves your business is meeting the highest standards of verified performance.
Positive impact is supported by transparency and accountability requirements. B Corp Certification doesn’t just prove where your company excels now—it commits you to consider stakeholder impact for the long term by building it into your company’s legal structure.
The B Economy
People don’t believe the existing economic system is working for them. They’re angry, and they’re right. That’s why we’re working to build a B Economy that works for everyone, for the long term.
In the B Economy, businesses compete to be best for the world, the people living in it, and the natural environment on which our quality of life depends in.
To build a B Economy, we need a new kind of business that balances purpose and profit. B Corporations are businesses that are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their workers, customers, community, and environment. Certified B Corporations have met the highest standards of verified performance and transparency.
The B Economy is bigger than B Corps. B Lab collaborates with leaders across all sectors of society to build a broader global movement of people using business as a force for good.
The B Economy is built by everyone who works for, buys from, invests in, learns or teaches about, or supports businesses striving to create a shared and durable prosperity for all. Join us.