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If your goal is to build your brand or transform it into an environmentally friendly and sustainable business, it requires more than just lip service. It requires a thorough commitment to assessing every aspect of your operation to develop best practices that align with green strategies across the board. This extends to the production of your product and/or service offerings, suppliers, office supplies, distribution models, partnerships and any other strategies suitable for reducing your overall carbon footprint.

More and more companies are recognizing the intrinsic value of adopting goals, policies and procedures that protect public health and demonstrate a true commitment to building an environmentally sustainable brand. To get started on the right path, here are six things you should know about building and maintaining an authentic green brand.

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1. Being green is a pressing social issue

While there currently appears to be a major divide between party lines in the US on climate change, a recently released poll by… Scientific advances shows that more than three-quarters of Americans (77%) believe it is a serious threat to humanity. Two of the largest consumer groups, Millennials and Gen Z, appear to be the most affected, and their collective purchasing power will only increase in the coming years. Overall, society is much more concerned about supporting brands that practice environmentally friendly and sustainable business practices.

2. Assess your ESG efforts

Brands that want to build a true green reputation should conduct a thorough analysis of their own environmental, social and governance (ESG) policies. ESG can be integrated into your business model in a variety of ways to improve the company’s environmental and social impact. A review of your current practices, relationships and approach to selling and supporting your product or service may reveal areas where you could make a greater ESG contribution. There are even consultants specializing in this area who can offer a holistic approach to help identify risks, develop transition strategies and provide a roadmap for solutions to be implemented.

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3. Integrate sustainability into your business model

One of the best ways to demonstrate your green commitment to stakeholders and consumers is to integrate these efforts into your core values ​​and mission statement. These values ​​should be reflected in your marketing, sales and operational processes and have a measurable impact on your financial results. To stay true to your principles, establish key performance indicators early on that quantitatively measure the impact. The positive results can become an important part of your value proposition and even a key differentiator with your target audience. A surefire path to success is to form a green operations team or committee to oversee a comprehensive effort.

4. Leave no stone unturned

As brands begin to look at developing or transitioning to a more environmentally friendly model, they are often surprised at how many opportunities there are to demonstrate real change. Opportunities to become a greener company exist in almost every aspect of your business—assuming you’re willing to explore the possibilities. Brands can start with their own headquarters or facilities by reviewing their own energy use and consumption. When you sell a product, do you source eco-friendly or recycled materials? If you provide a service, how is it provided? If your business model relies on transportation, what type of vehicle is used? Then there is internal waste – as we all know by now, there are many different organic products and materials that can easily be recycled and reused for future use.

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5. Source environmentally friendly products and services

Organizations that want to build a green brand should do everything in their power to collaborate with other green brands. This extends to all vendors and suppliers that make up your supply chain – from raw materials to manufacturing and distribution. Establish a formal policy to incorporate as many environmentally friendly and renewable products and processes as possible.

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6. Don’t just talk

It takes a solemn commitment for brands to build a green reputation, and the results should always match the effort. You cannot treat the exercise as window dressing. In fact, there’s a word for companies that do this – it’s called greenwashing. This term refers to any misrepresentation of a company’s ESG claims and performance and is quickly becoming synonymous with a much worse term – fraud. Building an authentic green brand – or transitioning to one – is a noble endeavor that requires real effort. Treat it as such.

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