Recognizing that climate change is a problem that will impact our world is an excellent first step. Here are a few more actionable ways you and your business can make a difference:
- Make efforts to reduce your carbon footprint. Find a local agency to help you assess areas in which you can improve your carbon emissions.
- Reduce your energy consumption by turning off your lights and unplugging unnecessary electronics. Consider turning your heat down in the winter and turning your AC up in the summer.
- Consider switching to renewable energy sources such as solar panels for your office space.
- Reduce company waste. Switch to paperless, opt for reusable cups and silverware for your office space, and place recycling bins around your space.
- Repair broken electronics rather than replace them.
- Search for greener infrastructure and suppliers. Switch to electric vehicles, energy-efficient appliances, and choose suppliers that share your climate values.
Making one or two seemingly minor changes at first and sharing your values with your team is a great way to start making business decisions that are better for the environment and the people you serve.
That’s one piece of the puzzle. How about natural disasters? How do you prepare for a possible climate hazard?
Start by reviewing your business continuity plan.
By now, it should be clear that we all need to prepare for just about anything when it comes to keeping our businesses running during hardships. Climate change and natural hazards should be a part of your business continuity plan.
For a deeper dive into preparing your business for the unexpected, read about business continuity planning here.
Suppose you find yourself amid a climate emergency. In that case, communication is key. Help your customers or clients set the right expectations. If you’re open, make sure they know they can call on you to help in an emergency. If you’re not open, let the people you serve know your plans to reopen, and reassure your community that you’re sticking around for the recovery.
In either case, optimal communication and customer experience are essential. You might not be able to provide the people you serve with the solutions they need, but you can invest in effective communication tools to keep people safe and informed.
Finally, lead by example. Commit to taking action to reduce climate change and positively impact the community and customers you serve.
Remember: we’re all in this together. Help out how, when, and where you can, and you’ll contribute to a more resilient economy where everyone has the greatest opportunity to thrive. And if your business or your community has experienced a disaster, help is available.