How Startups and Small Businesses Can Address Climate Change in the Workplace

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As the narrative around climate change shifts from individual responsibility to collective corporate power to effect meaningful change, it’s time to start a dialogue about how your small business can make a visible difference in an authentic way. and targeted. Startups and small businesses have an agile advantage when it comes to implementing these features in the workplace, whether it’s ditching plastic water bottles, changing lights or sponsoring the planting of trees in deforested land, but how do we embed that into the company’s values ​​and create a vibrant culture around it?

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We asked industry experts to share their top tips for small businesses to fight climate change.

“I would encourage companies to develop a path to net zero by first developing a company carbon inventory. The first step is to understand your direct and indirect carbon emissions. An easy way to start is to analyze the electricity consumption the company uses in its offices and buildings. This can be translated into carbon emissions using the EPA’s greenhouse gas emissions calculations.”

—Faith Taylor Vice President, Head of Global Sustainability, Kyndryl General Affairs

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“Leading with a community-driven mindset is one of the most important aspects of impacting climate change and sustainability practices. At Wonder, our vision is not just to reduce our own impact, but to have an increasing positive impact across all sectors. and communities. Companies operating with Net-Zero in mind have a natural limit to the change they can make; they can only reduce their emissions. By focusing instead on systems that impact outwards, there is no limit to the transformation you can drive through collective efforts. To achieve this, we have structured sustainability practices around five key pillars: food sourcing, food waste, packaging, healthy buildings and an emissions-neutral fleet, all major contributors to climate change. — Ross Bergman, Senior Director of Sustainability at Wonder

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“As we work towards the clean energy transition, it is imperative to understand that we are all in this together. Whatever your day-to-day job, whether as an established entrepreneur, innovator or just starting out in your career, there is a role for you to play in the fight against climate change. We all need to ask ourselves: are my choices leading to the least use of energy? Of the affordable and reliable options, is this the cleanest option? available? it’s time to increase your energy awareness.” — Ralph Izzo, Executive Chairman, PSEG

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