The first step in greening businesses is to decide which platforms to make a commitment. For example, Accor created seven pillars of sustainability to improve on: health, nature, carbon, innovation, local, employment, and dialogue. Whichever sustainable causes a business feels most passionate about should be their pillars of sustainability.
The next step is to create specific objectives within each pillar. A good template for this is Accor's 21 commitments and objectives. Go pillar by pillar and set a specific goal to achieve. Want to reduce water usage? Want to support local partnerships?
After defining specific goals, it’s important to form a plan on how to achieve them. Accor has created a plan for each specific goal and has uploaded them online for other businesses to use as a template. Write these plans down and disburse them to employees. Communication is key to making a green business successful.
The final step in greening a business is reporting. It’s crucial to analyze and report findings from each plan on a regular basis. These findings should be released to employees, partners, and even to customers. Accor has an easy-to-access research center that anyone can utilize anytime.
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