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8 Reasons it Pays to be Climate Smart

March 31, 2017
The triple bottom-line accounts for profit, people and planet.

On top of providing value, businesses are expected to provide their employees a decent wage and healthy working environment, go above and beyond on customer service, and to do their part with protecting the environment.

At our next membership luncheon: The Best Way to Save Money, on April 20, Climate Smart’s President Elizabeth Sheehan shares stories and case studies to help you reduce emissions, strengthen bottom lines and build a resilient economy.

Before her talk, Elizabeth shares 8 reasons why it pays to be ‘climate smart’:

1. Save money through increased efficiency.
When you look at your business through a new lens, you’ll find efficiencies you didn’t see before. Many Climate Smart alumni have found simple ways to curb energy use and save money.

2. Build your brand and gain a competitive advantage.
Stand out from others in your industry by taking leadership on climate change. For many Climate Smart alumni, earning the Climate Smart seal has increased market share and enhanced consumer recognition.

3. Build your corporate social responsibility program.
Tackling greenhouse gas management is a key part of your CSR or corporate sustainability program. The Climate Smart program provides a lens to help measure the effectiveness of your existing corporate sustainability initiatives and forecast the impact of your future efforts.

4. Future-proof your business.
Fuel prices are steadily rising, and some jurisdictions—including BC—already have a carbon tax. GHG management directly addresses your fuel consumption, so adopting it as a regular business practice will help you minimize the impact of these increased fuel costs.

5. Get ahead of customer and stakeholder demands
Customers and investors are increasingly demanding carbon management and reporting. Procurement criteria are also putting more weight on sustainability—especially those from public sector and large retail buyers. By launching your carbon management program, you can get ahead of these trends now.

6. Learn from our experts and your peers.
Our small-group learning format provides a unique opportunity to learn. Our expert trainers and like-minded business leaders who take the Climate Smart Program with you will all contribute to your learning and experience. We also host learning events where you can gather with other Climate Smart businesses to share challenges, ideas, and best practices.

7. Build your business network.
Join a growing network of over 300 Climate Smart businesses. Many of our alumni even uncovered B2B opportunities right in the classroom during their training!

8. Attract and retain the best people.
A Business Week survey of top executives found that companies with strong sustainability programs have happier, more satisfied employees who stick around longer. Climate Smart offers a unique professional development opportunity—a fantastic way to engage all employees.

To learn more about how you can grow your business and your profits by being ‘climate smart’, join us and Elizabeth Sheehan on April 20 at The Delta Winnipeg. Tickets can be purchased here.