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Sustainability Is Good For Business 2: The Suppliers

If you’ve read the recent post “sustainability is good for business,” you’ll know that going green is helpful. By replacing outdated items and increasing awareness of your eco-friendly drive, it’s possible to boost sales by 20%. As well as that, the brand will receive a hit too as word spreads that you’re a friend of the planet.

One thing which isn’t as simple to deal with is the suppliers. How they operate is their business and not yours, yet they might impact sales. If anybody finds out they’re a partner, the whole company will get a lot of negative press.

Here’s how to make sure everybody is on the same page.

Pick The Right Products

It’s not impossible to do business with a supplier that isn’t green while helping Mother Nature at the same time. Although it sounds like a conflict of interests, a firm might provide a single product or service which is perfect for the brand. Take electric forklifts as examples. Most heavy machinery uses petrol or diesel, which is bad for the environment, yet the electronic kind is carbon-free. In this case, a forklift hire company is a great way to green your business. Choose the products carefully and tailor them to your needs.

Go Local

There is no point in hiring or buying eco products online if they are going to be shipped from another country. The delivery process alone will negate the fact that the items are good for the planet, and you’ll be back to square one. Usually, the best option is to opt for a local business which is in the nearby community. Even if what they provide isn’t as advanced technologically, their location means it cuts down on harmful emissions. Ditch the internet and start searching closer to home for great results.

Ask About Their Commitments

Again, businesses which don’t seem environmentally-friendly might try and make up for it another way. You’ll find that lots of companies attempt to help by offering a service which has the environment in mind. For example, they’ll take back the packaging and recycle it so that there is less plastic in the world. It’s their way of maintaining equilibrium. Never be afraid to ask what they do and how they do it as the answers might be surprising. Check for logos and symbols on the website if you don’t have the time to call or send an email.

Double Check Their History

Businesses are happy to do their bit, yet some things are unforgivable. No one is going to class BP or any oil business as a friend of the planet after all of the spills they’ve caused. As a result, you can’t do business with them and say you take sustainability seriously. These ties need cutting, which is where the research comes into play. Type the company name into Google and see what comes up. Do the same on social media. If there is a backlash, it might be best to avoid a partnership altogether.

Sustainability is about looking beneath the hood for the underlying problems.

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