It is easy to look at the current state of the climate and feel that it is too big a problem for any of us to tackle. And it’s true: no one business, no one individual can solve this problem.
Luckily, there are thousands of businesses out there who are using their power and influence – no matter how big or small – to create the sustainable, carbon-neutral economy that our climate needs in order to remain stable.
Below, you will find some of our recommended allies in the fight to save our planet and how they can help to future-proof your business for the rapidly changing world we live in.
As the first security company in the UK to achieve ISO 14001 certification, Magenta Security have always put sustainability, efficiency and environmental impact at the top of our business objectives.
With the climate now entering a state of emergency, we wanted to formally audit our carbon emissions to find areas for improvement and make up for what we could not improve through legitimate offsetting schemes.
Carbon Footprint ticked all our boxes. A UK-based organisation at the forefront of the effort to reduce carbon emissions in UK businesses, Carbon Footprint offer a full suite of services to help green your business, from auditing and certification to carbon management and offsetting.
In our audit it was found that we produce 8–11 tons of carbon per year (an impressive feat, considering the average business of our scale produces 450–500 tons) which we were immediately able to offset through QAS-approved schemes, such as tree planting, to achieve ‘Carbon Neutral Plus’ certification.
We will continue to utilise Carbon Footprint’s services and advice in our journey to be carbon-neutral without offsetting by 2025. Visit the Carbon Footprint website to learn more and explore their detailed and free knowledge bank.
Started in America, B Lab’s assessment, certification and business network has made a big splash in the UK’s corporate social responsibility scene in the past five years.
For-profit businesses who pass their assessment process become certified ‘B Corps’ and join a network of fellow businesses who believe in using their resources, reach and platform to make a positive change in the world.
What makes B Corp certification different from that offered by Carbon Footprint is that it covers all areas of corporate social responsibility: community impact, staff well-being, commitment to anti-racism, environmental impact and so on.
But a business doesn’t have to be a B Corp to benefit from B Lab’s services. Their exhaustive assessment process, which takes 2–3 hours for a full report, is entirely free and confidential. Following the assessment, you will be provided with a series of guides on how to improve in areas where your business did not score highly – all of which are also free.
Regardless of whether you decide being a registered B Corp is right for your business, their assessment is a powerful and free tool to identify areas where you can improve your businesses’ ethical standards and make a positive impact on the world.
Start your free assessment at bimpactassessment.net
Business Declares is a not-for-profit organisation whose members commit to a simple declaration:
“As business leaders we declare a Climate and Ecological Emergency.”
Magenta Security have joined Business Declares, who are part of the UN Race to Zero team for COP26. Members of Business Declares commit not just to take the climate emergency seriously within their business activity but also to raise awareness – as we have been doing with this blog.
We look forward to continuing our advocacy for sustainable, carbon neutral business, particularly in the security industry where our voice is loudest. It is important to remember that we are not alone in the fight to preserve our climate and there are many allies to be found in networks such as Business Declares.
In this climate emergency, we want to help other businesses reduce their carbon emissions, whether they are our clients or our competitors. We all share the same planet and we would be delighted to help you become a positive force for change.
Please feel free to get in touch with us on 0800 772 3786 if you have any queries about reducing your carbon emissions through sustainable, cost-effective means that make sense for your business. If we can be carbon neutral, so can you.
Magenta Security provide award winning security services throughout the UK. We are in the top 5% of ACS approved contractors and were the first security company in Europe to be awarded ISO 14001 for our environmental management systems.
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