I was reading an article last week about vintage cars that are being converted to electric vehicles and it got me thinking about what we can all do to help. The simple fact is we have all got used to our creature comforts and when someone suggests that we change it can be an uncomfortable decision to make.
Reading today about Prince Charles and how he has changed his homes to be greener, I found myself thinking that if we all had that amount of money it would be relatively easy to make the changes, but we don’t need that much to make a difference.
In a recent post, my colleague Richard Collins at CSRA talked about changing lightbulbs to LED, something both businesses and individuals can do without a significant investment. If we all changed all our lightbulbs the energy we need for day to day life would drop dramatically, each LED bulb uses 80% less energy than a halogen equivalent.
So, imagine, if we all changed every bulb the cost saving would be significant not to mention the positive impact on the environment.
But this is just one example and there are many others such as buying products that are packaged in non-plastic, fully recyclable materials. All things as an individual we can do. But it is business that has a real opportunity to lead the way.
With COP26 around the corner there is more focus on the environment again and what we can do to make the necessary changes but we, as a business community, have to do this now. Next year or the year after will be too late.
At CSRA our goal is to help facilitate cultural change within organisations by engaging every member of staff, this is the only way an organisation can become truly socially responsible. Whilst the scope of the accreditation covers more than just the environment, including the workplace, community and philanthropy, the environment is a fundamental part of the process.
By getting all members of staff to embrace this change our hope is that they will then take home what they are practicing in the workplace and begin to deliver the change in their homes.
To find out more about how gaining accreditation can help your organisation become socially responsible read more here.
My son has just gone off to university and it is for him and his generations’ children we have to make these changes now. When I am not working I am a passionate skier and cyclist and love the mountains and want the generations to come to be able to enjoy both of these sports far beyond the end of my life, but if we don’t make these changes they will not be able to.
If you want to find out how to change your organisation’s culture to become more socially responsible get in touch.
You might also be interested in what Extreme are doing at Cop 26, have a look at the Extreme Hangout, lots of really great speakers and info there.