CSR Efforts that are Environmentally Focused
- If your company supports team members volunteering days, then why not offer them a chance to help by supporting the environment? Environmental volunteering fosters collaboration; working on a common goal is great for team building. It also offers your team some time out in the fresh air which is great for their physical and mental wellbeing!
- There are many local volunteering groups and initiatives you can reach out to help organise a volunteering day for your team. For over 15 years, organisations and their employees have been working with The Conservation Volunteers (TCV) successfully to transform local communities and green spaces.
- As experts in outdoor volunteering activities, TCV have developed a range of corporate volunteering programmes that can be tailored to meet the specific needs of your company, your employees and your stakeholders.
Ban plastic water bottles and coffee cups from your office
Nowadays its common practice for businesses to offer office perks as a way to make their in-office employee experience great (I also expect this to increase as efforts to get people back to the office ramp up). So, why not tie office perks into your company CSR efforts?
Branded water bottles make for a great on-boarding gift for new starters. Not only does it fix the problem of people buying plastic water bottles, it also doubles as a company branded marketing tool. Eco-friendly water bottles can be as cost effective as the FJORD Glass bottle at £3.83 with branding, and ranging up to the Frank Green range at £23 +.
If companies offer their team an in-house coffee machine, people don’t need to go out and buy coffee in a disposable cup. Pact Coffee are a great office coffee supplier that are disrupting their industry. They pay 65% over the fair trade price to coffee farmers and 35% of the coffee they source comes from female led farms. Their coffee comes in recyclable packaging, they are moving to a carbon neutral roastery and they aligned with the UN sustainable development goals.
Office Clothes Swap
From 2009 to 2020 UK consumer spending on clothing increased by almost 17 billion pounds. Did you know that it takes 2,700 litres (plus a load of energy) to produce just one T-shirt? That’s 900 days of drinking water needed by one person. Our fast fashion habits have a massive impact on the environment.
Office Clothes Swaps are a great solution to encourage your team to recycle and reuse – And the best part? This quid pro quo initiative means that getting that new wardrobe just became more sustainable. Why buy something new when you can swap something you no longer wear for an item that needs a new home?
Make sure you set some ground rules to ensure the team is on the same page – #underpantsnotwelcome