How Sustainable Are You?

A new report by the not-for-profit CDP finds that S&P 500 companies that build sustainability into their core strategies by actively managing and planning for climate change secure an 18% higher return on investment (see link to Guardian article).

Many large corporations such as those in the S&P 500 or the FTSE 100 now have departments for sustainability.

These cover planning for climate change, resilience and diversity; the key stepping stones to protecting companies against the effects of a rapidly changing world.

But how resilient are you? Many small and medium sized companies don't prioritise sustainability and climate change and there are lots of reasons for this, including: focusing on short-term strategies, too busy with the day-to-day runnings, or perhaps there's an element of burying one's head in the sand and thinking climate change won't have any effects.

But do you know anyone who was affected by the UK flooding of winter 2013/2014 for instance? Have fluctuations in oil prices affected your transport costs and overheads? How about paper price changes and their effects on your packaging costs?

We can all benefit from thinking more sustainably and implementing more sustainable practises and long-term strategies. Our cardboard box reuse scheme is a small part of helping businesses to reduce waste and secure a fair price, but there are actions we can all start taking now. Think: Sustainability, Resilience and Diversity.