Operating a 'green' business is one of the newest and fastest growing areas of opportunity for small business. Those who have adapted their environmental management processes and thinking have realised that not only does it help our environment, it also makes business sense.
Regardless of the type of business you operate, it's possible to reduce your impact on the environment and improve your bottom line at the same time. Being active in lowering your carbon footprint, reducing your level of wastage and becoming more sustainable can result in energy savings, spending less on inputs, and creating a positive impression in the minds of your customers.
Whatever your level of impact, there are incentives, guides, tools and information available to help you manage your business impact and minimise it where appropriate.
Business benefits of environmental management
By introducing sound environmental management practices and reducing your environmental impact overall, your business can profit from cost savings through efficiency or productivity gains.
Your business can also profit in a number of other ways including:
- receiving assistance and grants from the government
- spending less on raw materials, energy and water
- receiving recognition through numerous environmental awards
- finding new market opportunities for "green" goods and services
- improving workplace safety through reduced use of industrial chemicals and reduced waste
- creating a positive impression in the minds of your customers as a business that cares about its impact on the environment.
You can also increase your benefits through achieving environmental best practice. You can follow voluntary industry codes of conduct or the international environmental standard ISO 14000 series.
What to do...
- Read about Energy management including understanding, monitoring and reducing your energy usage.
- Find out what environmental grants and assistance you may be eligible for by visiting Grants & Assistance.
- Read the Department of the Environment's Profiting from Environmental Improvement in Business information kit.
- Visit the Your Energy Savings website and read the Home-based business guide for practical steps to reduce your energy costs when running a home-based business.
- Learn about what regulations you need to comply with by visiting Environmental legislation.
- Visit Standards and labelling to find out how to include your green products on supplier directories.