The Pledge, part of the Growth Hub’s Green Growth service, is a free initiative open to businesses of all sizes and sectors.
It is designed to give businesses an easy-to-use platform to commit to ready-made actions that are designed to demonstrate leadership, reduce environmental impact and improve resource efficiency.
With over 50 different pledges spanning 14 business areas, businesses have the flexibility to choose commitments relevant to their ambitions and capabilities.
The initiative also provides a platform to demonstrate and promote actions that have already been taken to improve environmental performance.
Raising the bar
Todd Holden, director of low carbon policy and programmes at ENWORKS, outlined the importance of green credentials in an increasingly competitive business environment.
“The Green Growth Pledge gives your company a platform to shout about all the great things you’re doing to be a good business. The opportunity to promote what you do and stand out from the competition should always be welcome.”
“When it comes to accessing public sector contracts, the ability to demonstrate your credentials is now a core necessity, and as the Social Value Act starts to bite, the bar will only be raised even higher.”
Marissa Lippiatt, head of Resource Efficient Scotland, which has recently launched a similar green pledge scheme for Scottish businesses, said: “Making resource efficiency a resolution for the New Year doesn’t just benefit the environment, it can also lead to cost savings, improved staff skills and a competitive advantage for businesses.
“Setting these resolutions can help businesses to focus their attention and form collective goals for the organisation to work towards, making targets more achievable.”
‘Imperative for businesses’
Such commitments are just as relevant for larger businesses as they are for smaller ones, as highlighted by Paul Crewe, head of sustainability at Sainsbury’s.
Speaking to edie.net, Crewe said: “[In 2015] we’ll be focusing on the commercial element of being green as well as doing the right thing for the environment.
“I predict that business across the UK will very much turn its attention to this way of thinking this year.
“Green behaviours are no longer a ‘nice to have’ and are imperative for businesses to become sustainable for their own futures. These are also what our customers and investors will be looking for us to focus on too.”
For more information on the Green Growth Pledge, click here.