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WHY SUSTAINABILITY MATTERS

As consumers become more aware of the environmental impact of their daily choices, and as energy costs rise, many businesses are questioning whether they can continue to ignore the impact of their operations on both the environment and their financial well-being.

While many business managers fear that it is too costly to examine their products, services, and operations, others are finding that small investments in sustainability can reap large gains. Forward-looking firms are discovering that many financial opportunities await them if they embrace more environmentally sustainable "green" business practices.

What does "sustainability" mean?

Sustainable developments are those that meet present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. In the world of sustainable business, we expand this into the triple bottom line: People, Planet, and Profit. Businesses can indeed thrive and be profitable while caring for people and the planet. There are some easy steps to be taken, such as installing energy-efficient lighting. But there are other, less obvious opportunities as well:

Brand value

Consumers and businesses perceive the organizations they associate with as more than just financial entities. More and more they think about how their purchases affect non-financial outcomes such as the environment, human capital, quality of life, and future generations. By aligning your organization with values of sustainability, your brand can build trust and loyalty among the rising number of "green" consumers.

Employee productivity and retention

Studies show that firms that operate in an environmentally friendly manner reap the benefit of improved employee moral and retention levels. Recruiting and retaining new employees, and repairing the damage associated with the loss of skilled employees, are often the highest Human Resource cost that firms carry. By improving your sustainability you will see large savings in this area.

Safety

Sustainable businesses provide healthier environments for both employees and consumers. There is also reduced risk of personal injury.

Reduced risk

Forward-looking insurance companies such as Fireman's Fund offer reduced rates to businesses that can demonstrate sustainable practices, based on actuarial figures that demonstrate that such firms have lower risk. Lowered risk factors include less chance of litigation, safer work environments, higher employee motivation and loyalty, and better preparation for future government regulations.

Today's option, tomorrow's necessity

Today, some might see sustainability as an option. But as consumers, business, and government place more importance on sustainability, it will soon become a necessity, with those caught off guard losing market share to those that saw it coming. Cities such as San Francisco and New York are implementing green building ordinances. The tide is turning: in the near future, firms that are not green will be at a severe disadvantage when trying to do business in this fast changing business environment.

Color your brand green
A growing number of consumers take into consideration the social and environmental reputation of companies when deciding which products to buy. A green brand is essential.

Buildings are energy guzzlers
Buildings consume 40% of US energy, including 27% of electricity, 12% of water and 60% of non-industrial waste. You can cut your energy bills significantly if your buildings are planned with energy efficiency in mind.

Healthier and happier staff
Employees who work in buildings designed to meet sustainable standards are healthier and happier. This manifests itself in fewer sick days, better motivation, and higher quality work.

Sustainable business resources
Don't take our word for it. Check out our selection of green resources, chosen to provide the clearest insights into the benefits of sustainable business practices.