B Impact Assessment: Environment
Without a planet, there’s no business. That’s why all B Corps are asked to monitor key things like their water and energy use and waste disposal processes. They're also three times more likely to use 100% low-impact renewable energy in comparison to ordinary businesses. Within this article, we explore the 'Environment' area of the B Impact Assessment, and share what we are doing here at MASECO to reduce our environmental impact.
Without a planet, there’s no business. That’s why all B Corps are asked to monitor key things like their water and energy use and waste disposal processes. They're also three times more likely to use 100% low-impact renewable energy in comparison to ordinary businesses.
“The Environmental impact Area evaluates your company’s overall environmental stewardship, including how the company manages general environmental impacts as well as specific topics like climate, water use and sustainability, and impacts on land and life.”
This section of the assessment looks at a company’s environmental performance. Questions ask about your facility use in production and distribution, or for companies like MASECO, our remote workplace policies and guidelines to reduce the impact of travel and commuting. It also asks detailed questions about your energy use, measuring, methods of efficient energy use, and energy reduction.
Being a B Corp means not only caring for the planet but putting it first in our processes and decisions. Because we know business can make a big difference. It’s why we make sure that within our office building, we use energy efficient products wherever possible, for example, our lighting and appliances. We also take recycling very seriously and with the help of First Mile, specialists in recycling, we recycle over half of the waste we produce. In addition, we work with a confidential shredding company that securely shred and recycles our paper waste.
Furthermore, we have made a conscious effort to reduce the negative effects of travel and commuting through our hybrid working policy, which means employees will be required to work in the office for only two days per week with the remainder of the week working from home. Additionally, we offer all employees the chance to participate in the cycle to work scheme, encouraging them to be active whilst also considering the impact their daily commute has on the environment. Our health insurer, Vitality, also awards points for active employees. By running and cycling home, our team can receive free or discounted products. All this equates to lower emissions and happy, active employees.