To reduce scope 3 emissions, become a completely remote company, requiring no office space or regular transportation to/from work
Own/lease a business space that has a green building certification such as LEED, BREEAM, Green Globes, WELL, Energy Star, Green Star, or another standard in your area.
Upgrade from older fluorescent T12, T8 and T5 lamps to LED alternatives
Rent or purchase a building that is close to public transportation stops and bike paths
Have a composting program for your business food waste
Implement a comprehensive recycling program including education, proper sinage, and monitoring
Install faucets with controls that turn off automatically (motion sensors)
Create an executive leadership team with women, minorities, and people from underrepresented communities in top leadership roles
Eliminate all single-use paper, styrofoam or plastic cups, plates, and utensils in the kitchen area. Use reusable mugs, dishes, and silverware instead
Perform a yearly assessment of all suppliers/vendors’ environmental and social practices in comparison to your company’s commitments
Provide a product or service, as part of your company’s core strategy, that delivers a social or environmental benefit and/or focuses on an underserved part of the community.
Purchase all office paper products made from 50-100% recycled materials
Reserve at least one day a year when your company volunteers for local environmental or community projects (e.g., Habitat for Humanity, Earth Day, Save a Tree)
Provide equitable opportunities to ensure women have equal access to employment, leadership roles, and pay.
Provide fair and appropriate breaks for workers based on hours worked and enforce a strict policy that they must take them
Institute a policy for providing training, certification, and professional development opportunities to employees
Properly dispose of all hazardous waste materials including batteries, paint and chemicals, lightbulbs, aerosol cans, and electronics
Install a filtered water tap or water bottle refill station that provide high-quality drinking water and encourage employees to use them in place of bottled water
Replace regular light bulbs with LED bulbs that last longer and save energy
Install timers on non-essential electrical appliances and reduce “vampire loads” by unplugging them when not in use to reduce business scope 2 emissions
Establish a paperless billing program for your customers and encourage use by creating incentives
Have accessible green space somewhere onsite or in close proximity to grounds including a garden, walking trail, or courtyard
Choose paperless billing with vendors, business partners, and suppliers when possible
Administer company-wide employee training on sustainability efforts both at work and at home
Become an active member, either by serving on the board, donating or volunteering time for an organization that continually works to improve the environment nationally or in your area
Use a green web hosting service for your business’ website
Use virtual meeting platforms to replace travel when possible
Use ceiling fans in place of air conditioning when possible
Organize sustainability committee or green team to serve as your company’s leading advocates for greening efforts
Complete GBB’s Getting Started steps, including filling out your company’s Member Profile and the GBB Assessment
Develop a sustainability mission statement for your business and define your company’s core commitments
Populate your company’s green accomplishments in your EcoProfile
Announce your GBB Membership to all employees. Share the company green mission and commitment to become greener.