It’s no surprise. We are facing a growing epidemic when it comes to the environment. Our climate is changing. Our oceans are filling with plastic. Our natural resources are depleting. Thinking about all of this is overwhelming, and most of us don’t know where to begin. Don’t feel hopeless, though. Businesses are in a unique position to help solve the world’s biggest environmental problems through corporate social responsibility.

What can your business do? Implement a socially responsible, eco-friendly business policy. Here are a few simple steps you can take today that will make a huge impact.

  1. Start with the basics: Go green by reducing, reusing and recycling. Encourage your employees to stop using single-use items, cut back on paper printing, conserve water and energy, and recycle. Making these small quick switches can have a huge impact on our environment.
  2. Give back to your community: Businesses large and small can give back to their communities in numerous ways. Try donating money, products or services to social and environmental causes, or simply give your time by volunteering for your favorite charity.
  3. Ethical labor practices: Treat your employees ethically and fairly, and support other businesses that do the same to encourage a culture of corporate social responsibility.
  4. Implement other socially conscious office policies. One example: Do you provide coffee in your office? Try switching to a fair trade brand.

These are great places to start when you decide your business will be eco-friendly. But the most important step is to maintain whatever changes your business decides to implement. It’s not a one-time deal. Eco-friendly businesses must actively and consistently work toward a better environment to make the most change.

Contact Orange Orchard, an environmental public relations agency, today and find out how we help businesses like yours implement corporate social responsibility and gain recognition in the media for your efforts.