“But when they audited their impact it wasn’t trucks, it was their fridges doing the most damage.”
Cemal Ezel, founder of social enterprise Change Please and Serious Tissues, said auditing is one of the most important things a company can do to reduce its environmental impact.
“I think it has to be a basic requirement for more social businesses to audit and understand exactly how we can reduce our impact on the environment as a prerequisite before we start looking at our social impact. We have an obligation.”
Ezel said working with an external auditor can be very helpful, but Sattar said it’s “never been easier” for businesses to find “toolkits and guides” for helping themselves along with the process.
Your local authority may have a guide on doing this – Somerset council has a toolkit online for example.
Elaine Brown, head of the Edinburgh Remakery, says that companies won’t find success without collaborating with others on making their business sustainable.
“Don’t reinvent the wheel. Start conversations with one another, share what you do brilliantly but also share your gaps – consider where somebody else might be able to add value,” she said.
She lauded the benefits of reaching out to other similar businesses to share ideas about how to work on sustainability – benefiting both of you in turn.
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