Biz Briefs: Finding a Sustainable Business Partner11 Oct, 2011 imageSource
Fortunately, there are certain “markers” to look for when you’re seeking sustainable business partners.
While sustainability is about the future, one of the best ways to determine if a company is truly sustainable is to look at its history. Is sustainability a fashionable mantle that the company has suddenly donned, or has sustainability been part of its DNA for years?
Look for a history of sustainable practices, a commitment to recycling, efforts to give parts and products a “second life,” energy efficient engineering, a forward-looking approach to waste and emissions handling, compliance with sustainability regulations, and any awards that recognize the company for environmentally responsible business practices.
Whether you are evaluating an existing technology partner or a potential one, if environmental sustainability matters to you and your business, it pays to know the score.
Compare vendors using Océ’s environmental sustainability checklist and see how each one stacks up.
Take printing beyond the ordinary
- A track record of environmental sustainability
- Products and components that can be recycled
- A remanufacturing process/program
- Recycling as part of the company’s routine practice
- Products and components engineered for re-use
- A second life for products and parts
- Facilities for collection, transport and processing of products at the end of their useful lives
- Procedures that minimize energy consumption, emissions, and waste
- Sustainable logistics processes
- Programs to reduce packaging and use recycled materials in packages
- Use of green/renewable energy sources for heating, cooling, production
- Initiatives in place to reduce paper usage during testing Programs in place to reduce ozone, dust, and toner emissions
- Photoconductors & consumables that last longer to reduce waste
- Products engineered for low heat, noise, dust and ozone emissions
- Products that are ENERGY STAR, RoHS and ISO 14001 compliant
- Membership in the U.N. Global Compact
- Receipt of awards for its sustainable practices
As sustainability becomes a criterion for working or not working with a potential technology vendor, the challenge many companies face is determining if that provider is truly sustainable. But how do you determine if a vendor is environmentally sustainable?
According to the Green Earth Corporate Kindness Organization (G.E.C.K.0.), to “go green” means covering the corporate spectrum from infrastructure, construction, supply chain, recycling, green vendors / green partners, corporate kindness, energy saving measures, renewable energy, product development, green marketing, green finance, green offices, landscaping, IT, water conservation, and carbon footprint resources.
Work diligently with your chosen partner(s) for specific and/or general recommendations to help your business be truly greener and lower costs.