Susan Labandibar is a passionate person. Once, when trying to hire someone for a sustainability role at Tech Networks of Boston, she accidentally started a nonprofit that later would become the Climate Action Business Association. When asked why she decided to start a sustainability initiative in the first place, she responded, “It’s kind of like asking why do I have to breathe.”
Fast forward a few years, TNB is now a B-corp. The status of a benefit corporation translates into a heightened sense of accountability for TNB managers. Employees now drive the company’s electric car to take care of their clients’ IT needs. The company employs a robust recycling and composting program. And making the company more sustainable is always part of the the conversation. So, how did TNB go from 0 to 60mph in just five years?
TNB started a company-wide initiative by assigning certain tasks to its employees, such as separating waste into recycling, landfill, and compost, and purchasing biodegradable cleaning products. TNB keeps open dialogue at company meetings, helping employees to understand the importance of internal sustainability while addressing the concerns of the extra time and cost that each initiative could impose.
As any new skill, sustainability takes time to learn and implement. The most tangible part of CABA’s climate change solutions lie in helping businesses understand how to manage their sustainability efforts. Creating and enhancing a company’s internal sustainability effort is the first step a business can take to address climate change. The key here is to identify the largest drivers of carbon emissions in a business’ operations, and figure out a way to level them out.
CABA’s internal sustainability program takes a new business through a step-by-step workflow that takes an in-depth view at your company’s operations:
The first step is to develop a Climate Action Business Plan. This document outlines climate risks that are relevant to the vitality of a business, and develops a set of strategic actions aimed to make the company more climate resilient. It also doubles as a great marketing instrument to showcase your environmental awareness and initiatives.
The next step is to start using the SPaRK tool. The Sustainable Performance and Reporting Kit (SPaRK) is an advanced data-analysis tool that will help the business to identify points of improvement.
Another great tool at our member’s disposal is GEMS energy audit. It is a web-based assessment tool that will help you take an in-depth look at facilities’ energy usage. The primary goal here is to reduce energy and water usage, while also lowering operating costs.
CABA has helped multiple member businesses implement their respective internal sustainability programs. The results across the board have shown improvement in bottom line, sustainability performance, and increased employee satisfaction and customer loyalty.
Connect with us today to begin your sustainable journey!
Send inquiries to Ben Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.