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56 things you can start with today, with quick wins

         Business ‘space’

  1. Measure your energy use and CO2-footprint and make this visible. It will give you a clear insight into where to save energy costs.
  2. Switch to solar or wind energy.
  3. Improve (or choose) a ‘clever’ building with isolation, natural water heating, daylight (so no need for lights during day time) etc.
  4. Choose already existing building if available.
  5. Choose sustainable and responsible wood, products in terms of furniture.
  6. Make sure the building has natural fresh air.
  7. Make use of automatic light-switchers, so you only use electricity when necessary.
  8. Choose TL5 or LED lights.
  9. Maintain your air conditioning machines well so they last longer and use less energy.
  10. When you generate heat various operations, try to re-use this. Convert it into energy or provider of heat to cold air.
  11. Switch all computers, printers, radios etc off at the end of the day (not in standby) and save energy.
  12. Use sunscreens instead of air conditioning.
  13. Use light-paper for copying and printing.
  14. Use light-font to print (uses 20% less ink).
  15. Do not use a screensaver.
  16. Use eco-friendly Software and Hardware that are reducing energy use.
  17. Do not use plastic cups for coffee and tea, but recycled cups and spoons.
  18. Create less waste and try to recycle green waste and separate waste that can be re-used or need special care.
  19. Repair and maintain instead of buying new furniture.

    HR

  20. Involve employees in formulating solutions to problems.
  21. Let new employees be trained by the ‘old’ employees and let the young ones train the older employees on e.g. social media and other generation-related issues.
  22. Have a grow-plan in place (capacity building).
  23. Think of a target and rewarding system that demands innovative thinking (not simple work harder).
  24. Have a healthy green environment (plants and fresh air).
  25. Serve a healthy lunch, promote a healthy lifestyle with walking to work, reduce salt (and make that all visible).
  26. Be inclusive, a person with one disability would be having another ability – recruit people on capabilities required for the job.
  27. Give employees time off if they are volunteering on a project.

    Supply chain

  28. Dare to question and set standards for your suppliers (even your bank and insurance company) – how do they deal with energy issues, waste management and how is their value chain responsibility?
  29. Select suppliers on their SIB policy (because that is part of your value chain responsibility).
  30. Be efficient on transport issues.
  31. Be sustainable on packaging (environmental friendly, re-usable, and waste-conscious).
  32. Buy goods and materials as much as possible from local suppliers.
  33. Ask for quotations per mail.

    Logistics

  34. Try and use as much ‘green’ transport as possible. Bicycle, walk or train. Or use green exhaust pipes on your car. If you use motorbike taxi’s or taxi’s or buses, use the ones taking care about safety matters and having a fair payment system in place.
  35. Try and use video-conferencing, Skype and virtual meetings as much as you can.

    Communicate

  36. If possible let people set their own working hours to avoid traffic and optimize family life.
  37. Connect with peers to solve challenges in your SIB policy.
  38. Be transparent and non judgmental.
  39. Be clear on your status quo and your ambition.
  40. Communicate about SIB activities, features and policy in place and ambition.
  41. Create insight by communicating with clarity and in a accessible way.
  42. Update people on SIB matters via your site, twitter etc.
  43. Replace hardcopy communication by clever online communication.
  44. Incorporate your SIB policy and result in your annual report and make sure employees are quoting in clear examples, benefits and proof.

    Production 

  45. Use capacity-efficient storage, office space, technical equipment, security.
  46. Re-cycle waste and products.
  47. Create a clear and efficient system to run your business (e.g. Kaizen).

    General Start

  48. Start with something and improve and stretch later.
  49. Arrange a backstage company visit with a good practice peer.
  50. Create a workforce on SIB.
  51. Make strategic business decisions based on innovations people need (or innovations, products and services) improving people’s life.
  52. Look for partnerships on realising and innovations.
  53. Recruit people from the community as much as possible and locals.
  54. Transfer knowledge on sustainable inclusive business to your employees by informing them on all SIB activities, benefits and challenges.
  55. Be the CEO example; Create an insight card on status and place improvements and developments next to those to make progression visible.
  56. Make use of incentive programs, inclusive policy benefits, partnerships and other motivators.