Sustainability refers to the efficient and rational management of resources to improve the well-being of the population without compromising the quality of life of future generations.
Being a green company is characterised by directing efforts to improve and promote the reduction of the impact that operations and products have on the environment and society. The objective is based on avoiding affecting the environment surrounding the company in all its aspects, respecting the planet and being less polluting, always keeping business development in mind and complying with environmental regulations.
Green organisations have objectives aimed at protecting natural resources such as air, water and forests, as well as the well-being of consumers and employees. This type of company must comply with specific conditions, reflected in the ISO 14000 and ISO 50000 family of standards
Corporate social responsibility
Any company can be green, but this concept does not mean that it has to be in the environmental sector. All companies, without exception, can become a sustainable business, which reduces its greenhouse gas emissions, cares for natural resources and cares for the environment. By taking into account all the factors that affect sustainable development, all companies can optimise their activity and become socially responsible.
Advantages of green businesses
Reduce pollution and environmental impacts
Finally, the main and most important reason to implement a green business: to save the only habitable planet we know. If you become a green business, the main advantage is that you will reduce pollution inside and outside the company.
It is always important to adapt to the situations that arise in each new era. The era has arrived in which we must not remain with our arms crossed, and contribute more than a grain of sand to help the planet to heal little by little; and we must adapt our attitudes to it from now on!
In addition, these types of companies have a positive impact on the environment, while at the same time transforming the work environment:
- Improved living conditions inside and outside the company
- Higher income level
- Combating climate change
- Reduce pollution
- Efficient thanks to its philosophy
Project a better image of the company
Companies that implement a corporate culture based on sustainability improve their reputation and corporate image. This is due to the growing social awareness of climate change, which drives more responsible consumption, giving a competitive advantage to companies committed to the environment. Responsible consumption, giving a certain competitive advantage to companies committed to the environment.
This will gradually generate new standards for the rest of the companies. Not being an not being an environmentally friendly company will be frowned upon by customers, entrepreneurs and shareholders.
In addition to these advantages, the fact of being a green company will make it easier to access support and bank loans. Faced with the challenges of climate change, high carbon emissions and water scarcity, banks such as the Cooperative Bank (UK), Triodos Bank (Holland) and GLS Gemeinschaftsbank AG (Germany) have made it a fundamental requirement for any company that intends to apply for and obtain a loan to comply with an ecological plan.
They allow the creation of new niches
Sustainability has driven new, more responsible consumption habits, which require innovative solutions to supply
innovative solutions to meet the growing demand for sustainable products and services.
This has resulted in the rise of green businesses and the creation of new market niches.
In Spain, companies such as:
Síntesis y Acción: Communication agency specialized in environmental communication and strategic actions of responsible communication and green marketing. They design and develop social awareness campaigns, recycling promotion, environmental workshops, installations to explain climate change, environmental celebrations, street marketing campaigns…
AlgaEnergy: Develops biotechnology based on microalgae. Offers sustainable natural solutions for crop yields and their commercialization in the food industry.
Energy Revival: They are dedicated to the reconditioning and commercialization of energy storage systems. They recycle and repair all types of batteries. They extend the useful life of accumulators by 75%.
Ecoalf: This is a company that creates all its products from recycled material. Fashion products made from recycled materials with the same quality, design and properties as the best non-recycled products.
Reduce operating costs:
The most prominent advantage of a green business is the reduction of operating costs, which can also translate into higher net profits for the company. costs, which can also translate into higher net profits for the company.
Recycling and reusing can reduce costs on products such as paper sheets and folders. In addition, retrofitting a solar panel in the office will significantly reduce prices on electricity bills.
How to be a green company
Being a green company is not just about respecting regulations and adhering to certain behaviors. There are gestures that also add up and are part of the transformation process towards a socially responsible business:
- Recycle and separate the waste produced.
- Switching off the lights when they are not being used.
- Using energy-saving light bulbs.
- Avoid unnecessary water usage.
- Printing fewer documents.
- Reduce energy consumption by taking care of all types of electrical appliances or devices that consume a lot of energy.
- Using recycled, recyclable and biodegradable materials.
- Using electric vehicles for all types of transport.
- Using rainwater collection systems and total water recycling.
- Using solar energy.
- Providing transport for employees to avoid single-person car journeys.
- Promoting alternative means of transport (bicycle, scooter).
- Installing green areas.
SINTAC was born 30 years ago as a green company. Our objective was to contribute to change, betting on plastic recycling and circular economy. Currently, we continue working to be more sustainable, developing, from our sustainability projects department, projects such as CAPEC (closed-loop system for agricultural boxes and pallets) and Chemcircular (integrated management system for industrial packaging in Spain), which make the circular economy a reality day by day”.