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This quote from the Brundtland Commission rings true to us when talking about sustainability: “sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. Inherently, a sustainable business needs to be committed but why bother in the first place? Is sustainability good for your business?
We all know that the world’s resources are finite and yet numerous businesses are still not forward-thinking enough to commit to making their operations sustainable in the long term. It can merely take simple changes that we’ve all heard about – turning off your unused lights, recycling your paper and cardboard – to make an impact on your business’ green credentials.
As well as preserving the world so you continue to have a business, overall improving your efficiency reduces costs. From energy-saving and motion sensor activated lighting to cutting down on your paper usage, there are many small and obvious changes you can implement within your office to become more efficient and in turn, ‘green’.
Public image is one of the most consistent reasons that companies have given for going green (McKinsey) and despite more businesses than ever aligning sustainability with its core values, public perception is still a very important concept. With three awards for sustainability / environmental business in 2014 alone, B&M Waste Services have built a reputation based on being carbon neutral. These awards and accreditations – including being carbon neutral since 2010 – all add to our credibility as a business.
As well as benefiting your own business, sustainability also helps your customers. Knowing that their business waste is being dealt with in a way that reduces their own carbon footprint is a powerful motivator for why our customers choose us. Many studies have shown that performance and sustainability can go hand in hand; it simply takes a strategy to prioritise where the best results can be achieved.
B&M are committed to setting an example with our environmental performance and as a carbon neutral company, are constantly looking for ways for customers to improve their own environmental performance in turn.
To find out more, check out our carbon management in business page.
“Nothing is too much trouble, there was a vast amount of waste to removed, but the job was done with such efficiency, thank you on behalf of Elite” Elite Cleaning and Environmental Services
“We have total confidence that we are receiving the best value service with a reputable and recycling-focused supplier who understands the needs of our business and act professionally to alleviate the worry out of our waste management” – 110 Bishopsgate
“Working with B&M Waste Services has improved our environmental performance and assisted us with making the best use of our limited space.” – 110 Bishopsgate
“The driver for B&M’s Hazardous Waste services was very helpful and professional” – Vanguard Logistics
“ The green and red bag waste system works and it works really well and we are actually saving money on the budget that has been set” – Iceland
“We have been able to set targets for the Environmental team to reduce and recycle our waste materials” – Iceland
“The waste compound has never looked so clean, tidy and organised” – Iceland Manufacturing Ltd
“This initiative is having major impacts on student responsibility for waste and recycling” – University of Chester
“Recycling objectives set by the university are already being met and in some areas surpassed” – University of Chester
“B&M’s customer service was consistently excellent and I was particularly welcomed” – University of Chester
“Seamless process which had minimal impact on the college” – Wigan & Leigh College
“One of the main reasons we chose B&M was their flexibility and willingness to work in partnership” – Wigan & Leigh College
“Since B&M’s appointment, we have seen savings in our waste costs and recycling results have shown a significant increase” – Wigan & Leigh College
“The B&M staff spoke with confidence about the waste streams and segregation” – Alstom Transport
“I toured the waste area and was very impressed with the layout and waste segregation – the detail was very impressive” – Alstom Transport
“Nothing is too much trouble and the B&M team are always friendly, reliable and willing to help. We get a great service which removes the worry out of remaining compliant.” – ARCH Initiatives
“The regular secure shredding service we receive from B&M has been efficient and effective. We also regularly clear out our archives and B&M help with these one off jobs as well.” – ARCH Initiatives
“B&M has helped us to improve our environmental performance and reduce our costs” – First Milk
“In our recent Ofsted inspection the school was praised for its clean and safe environment” – Parrs Wood High School
“very friendly and helpful” – Rachel Dennis Hairdressing
“reliable and a pleasure to deal with” – Airflow Measurements
“very helpful, can’t do enough” – Cash Converters, Eccles
“Always friendly, polite and professional” – BskyB Ltd, St Helens
“With B&M we know that we are taking advantage of the latest waste innovations.” – Aintree Hospital
“The partnership with B&M has helped reduce our waste management costs and improve efficiency.” – Aintree Hostpital