Tips for getting started

Reduce the cost, waste and environmental impact of your workplace with the Smart Office Guide, the best practice in sustainable workplace management. 

Bring some greenery into the workplace, making the space feel brighter and fresher, and absorbing carbon dioxide at the same time - bonus!

Shut down your computer when heading home, or switch off your monitor if you're leaving your desk for a while to save energy and dollars. Another easy tip is starting a 'lunchbox library' of containers, bags and mugs for people to use instead of disposable plastic.

 

Tips for getting started

Reduce the cost, waste and environmental impact of your workplace with the Smart Office Guide, the best practice in sustainable workplace management. 

Bring some greenery into the workplace, making the space feel brighter and fresher, and absorbing carbon dioxide at the same time - bonus!

Shut down your computer when heading home, or switch off your monitor if you're leaving your desk for a while to save energy and dollars. Another easy tip is starting a 'lunchbox library' of containers, bags and mugs for people to use instead of disposable plastic.

 

Better Business Travel

Beat the stress of driving to work. Try taking public transport, walking, cycling or carpooling to save money and help the planet. Flexible working arrangements enable staff to travel outside of peak hours or work remotely, helping to reduce journey times and create a better work-life balance.

The New Zealand Transport Agencies’ (NZTA) Workplace Cycle Guide gives you all the information needed encourage staff to cycle to work, including how to set up workplace fleet bikes.

Driving to an offsite meeting? Consider Skyping or teleconferencing instead. Do this just once a week and you could save over 200kg of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere - the equivalent to powering a 42inch LCD screen for 59 consecutive days.

Need to fly for business? Choose the 'offset your emissions' option when you book your flights to balance the effect flying has on your carbon footprint.

Better Business Travel

Beat the stress of driving to work. Try taking public transport, walking, cycling or carpooling to save money and help the planet. Flexible working arrangements enable staff to travel outside of peak hours or work remotely, helping to reduce journey times and create a better work-life balance.

The New Zealand Transport Agencies’ (NZTA) Workplace Cycle Guide gives you all the information needed encourage staff to cycle to work, including how to set up workplace fleet bikes.

Driving to an offsite meeting? Consider Skyping or teleconferencing instead. Do this just once a week and you could save over 200kg of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere - the equivalent to powering a 42inch LCD screen for 59 consecutive days.

Need to fly for business? Choose the 'offset your emissions' option when you book your flights to balance the effect flying has on your carbon footprint.

Start Talking

Talk to your office manager or colleagues about ideas to reduce your collective carbon footprint. Consider setting up a green team too, it's is a great way to bring people together and share expertise and enthusiasm. 

Options include establishing recycling and food waste disposal services, buying environmentally friendly office supplies (including paper, ink cartridges, and cleaning products), or setting up secure bike parking.

 

 

 

Start Talking

Talk to your office manager or colleagues about ideas to reduce your collective carbon footprint. Consider setting up a green team too, it's is a great way to bring people together and share expertise and enthusiasm. 

Options include establishing recycling and food waste disposal services, buying environmentally friendly office supplies (including paper, ink cartridges, and cleaning products), or setting up secure bike parking.

 

 

 

Support Organisations

The Sustainable Business Network (SBN) is a forum for businesses that are interested in sustainable practice, events and networking. They supply an online tool, annual national awards for corporate sustainability achievements and an Advisory Service.

The Sustainable Business Council provides business leadership as a catalyst for change toward sustainable development. They offer regular workshops and networking opportunities.

You can find more information about sustainability and business on the Ministry for the Environment’s website, including: Simply Sustainable: A straightforward guide to sustainable business practices.

 

Support Organisations

Support Organisations

Support Organisations

The Sustainable Business Network (SBN) is a forum for businesses that are interested in sustainable practice, events and networking. They supply an online tool, annual national awards for corporate sustainability achievements and an Advisory Service.

The Sustainable Business Council provides business leadership as a catalyst for change toward sustainable development. They offer regular workshops and networking opportunities.

You can find more information about sustainability and business on the Ministry for the Environment’s website, including: Simply Sustainable: A straightforward guide to sustainable business practices.

 

Accreditation

Accreditation

There are a wealth of accreditation schemes in New Zealand to recognise successful, sustainable business practice. 

Check out Enviro-Mark's certification programmes: CEMARs and CarboNZero. For retail products find out about the Environmental Choice.

Conscious Consumers is national initiative that retailers and suppliers using environmentally and socially responsible business practices can join up to.

Unsure of the best option for you? Check out the Sustainable Business Network's comprehensive Guide to Sustainability Certifications.

Accreditation

Accreditation

There are a wealth of accreditation schemes in New Zealand to recognise successful, sustainable business practice. 

Check out Enviro-Mark's certification programmes: CEMARs and CarboNZero. For retail products find out about the Environmental Choice.

Conscious Consumers is national initiative that retailers and suppliers using environmentally and socially responsible business practices can join up to.

Unsure of the best option for you? Check out the Sustainable Business Network's comprehensive Guide to Sustainability Certifications.

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