The Go Green Action Plan

Action Plan for Amphibia BASE

Congratulations!

This is your Go Green Action Plan. You are now at the ‘Do It’ stage of the Go Green programme. These are the potential actions that the Go Green Tool has identified that you could undertake to improve your sustainability and enhance your reputation among clients and customers.

We encourage you to keep revisiting your plan via the Go Green online tool to update your progress on these actions, and to include evidence to demonstrate your developments. If new issues arise for your business you can always go back to the tool and generate new actions or write your own.

Sharing your Go Green Action Plan with your staff is a great way to tell them about your green ambitions and encourage them to support you. Making your action plan publicly available by writing a blog about your intended actions or sharing your plan directly on your website will also demonstrate your green commitments to your clients and customers.

If you need any tips and advice on completing actions then make use of the blogs, case studies and resources on the Go Green website and come along to some of the Go Green events. Once you are making progress in your action plan across all five pillars you can sign up to Prove It - more information at www.gogreenbusiness.co.uk/membership

Energy & Efficiency

Actions selected in this sector will help improve your energy and resource efficiency and potentially save you money and reduce your waste and carbon footprint. Select actions from this list that you are already progressing, or you feel you can make measurable progress on or achieve within a year.

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My business uses energy

No matter what your size or sector, all businesses use energy. All energy use has environmental and cost implications.

  • Ask your landlord to install an electricity submeter so you can monitor your consumption

    Use our template to send an email to your landlord requesting the installation of a submeter for your business http://gogreenbusiness.co.uk/res... This will mean you can start monitoring your own consumption and even use a free online monitoring tool such as EnergyDeck https://www.energydeck.com/ to produce graphs to visualise your energy use.

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  • Assess the current status of your equipment with a walk around and minimise inefficiencies

    A simple walkaround or an audit will help you identify areas for improvement. For example, what are the settings for your computer monitors to go into sleep mode? What temperature is your thermostat set to? Optimising settings like this can have a significant impact on your energy consumption, particularly if you scale it up across your whole team. You can do your walkaround with the help of this useful free guide from the Carbon Trust http://www.carbontrust.com/resou... and if you aren't aware just how much energy microwaves and projectors use when left on all the time, get tips from our Behaviour Change to Reduce Energy Consumption workshop http://gogreenbusiness.co.uk/art... Find out how Oxford Instruments are set to save many £1000s after their 'Turn It Off' campaign http://gogreenbusiness.co.uk/cas...

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  • Source energy efficient replacements for equipment at end of life

    If your old equipment breaks (boiler, printer, photocopier, refrigerator etc), make sure that the replacement is as energy efficient as it can be. Check labels on new appliances and select the highest energy efficiency rating possible. This will save you energy and money in the long run. See here for guidance on what the energy efficiency rating labels mean https://assets.publishing.servic...

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  • Train your staff to adopt energy saving habits

    Only boiling as much water as they need in the kettle, opening the blinds, switching off lights and computers at the end of the day, and opening a window rather than going straight for the air conditioning are all simple measures that your staff can take which can have a huge impact on energy consumption. Supporting your staff in understanding their impact and offering incentives for sustainable behaviour is a great way to motivate and encourage your team. See our tips from the Changing Behavoiur to Reduce Energy Consumption workshop http://gogreenbusiness.co.uk/res... Download this free pack of resources to get you started http://www.carbontrust.com/resou... If you are a high street business join the Close The Door Campaign and you could save up to 50% in energy costs http://www.closethedoor.org.uk/a...

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We are interested in exploring options around renewable energy

Electricity and gas produced from renewable sources such as wind, solar, biogas, and wave and tidal is a rapidly growing market. There are many benefits to the environment from reducing our reliance on fossil fuel energy produced from coal, natural gas and oil, which are currently the main sources of energy that are fed into the national grid. Your business may have several options to help reduce this reliance and have a positive impact on the environment.

  • Ask your landlord to switch to a green tariff

    Switching to a renewable energy supplier or green tariff is one of the quickest ways to cut your carbon footprint by a huge margin. If you are in leased or serviced offices, use our quick and easy template to write an email to your landlord to ask them to switch to a green energy supplier http://gogreenbusiness.co.uk/res...

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My business uses materials

Whether you are manufacturing a product, or simply using paper to print on, your business is directly or indirectly using raw materials that are in finite supply. Becoming more efficient with the use of these materials is a great way to save money and reduce waste as well as demonstrating to your stakeholders that you are a responsible business.

  • Design waste out of your product

    Is there any way you can design waste out of your product? The invention of modular carpet tiles by Huega was hailed one of the most important design breakthroughs in sustainability. No more offcuts from large rolls meant no more waste! Better still, damaged or faded individual tiles could be replaced over time without having to replace the whole carpet. This is a good example of how smart design leads to efficient use of raw materials, so that's less waste and less cost to the business.

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  • Measure and monitor use of materials

    Make a note of what you are using and set about finding ways to reduce this. Check on your orders and invoices - what kind of consumables do you use, and how much are you getting through per week, per month or per year? Keep a record using the templates in this great guide http://bit.ly/wrapRE Once you know how much you are using this will give you a baseline to work from.

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  • Seek environmental alternatives

    There is always room for improvement. Do you normally use bottled water for meetings and conferences? Team up with FRANK Water to install mains fed water coolers and fill re-useable water bottles for staff and guests http://gogreenbusiness.co.uk/cas... You could also sign up to Refill Bristol to offer mains water refill points for your staff and clients and encourage your staff to refill their water bottles at the growing number of sites around the city http://www.citytosea.org.uk/inde... For more tips on reducing plastic use see our guide http://gogreenbusiness.co.uk/res... You could take a whole business approach like the Greenhouse B&B, who have found environmental alternatives for almost everything! http://gogreenbusiness.co.uk/cas...

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  • Train your staff to be aware of their resource use

    Getting your staff on board is an important step. If you are keeping a regular record of your resource use you will be able to see evidence of your savings and offer incentives and rewards to staff when improvements are made. See our Go Green Guide on Changing Behaviour to Reduce Energy Consumption http://gogreenbusiness.co.uk/wp-... Perhaps enroll a team of staff onto the Carbon Conversations workshop programme to help embed carbon reduction initiatives in the workplace thttp://www.carbonconversations.org/workplace

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Travel & Transport

Actions selected in this sector will help improve your sustainability in the area of travel and transport potentially saving you money, improving staff wellbeing and improving the air quality of your local environment. Select actions from this list that you are already progressing, or you feel you can make measurable progress on or achieve within a year.

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Visitors travel to our business premises

By nature, all workplaces will have at least some visitors travel to them. Some of these journeys may be made by cars with just one person in. This contributes to congestion, carbon emissions and has a negative impact on air quality in your area. Are there alternatives?

  • Create a Travel Plan

    The aim of a Travel Plan is to - reduce the number of trips made by single occupancy cars and - improve accessibility, by promoting wider travel choices and healthier more sustainable travel. You may find your organisation already has many of the facilities and policies that Travel Plans usually propose. If so, there is all the more reason to bring together existing practices into a single streamlined policy. Travelwest also provide Travel Plan guidance for businesses across the West of England http://travelwest.info/businesses See North Bristol SusCom's Group Travel Plan for ideas on collaborative travel planning http://www.northbristolsuscom.org

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  • Display sustainable travel options on your website for visitors

    When you give directions on the 'How to Find us' section of your website, put the sustainable methods such as walking, cycling, train and bus before car. This is a subtle and simple act that shows you are encouraging sustainable travel, and are not assuming that everyone will be arriving by car. Link to http://travelwest.info/journeypl... or http://www.travelinesw.com/ so people can easily plan their journey to you.

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Our employees travel to appointments and meetings

Business Travel is all travel that is conducted as part of the day-to-day job. This does not include commuting.

  • Introduce a cycle mileage scheme

    Many budding cyclists are put off braving it in the rain and cold to bike to meetings if there is nothing in it for them. You may be unintentionally encouraging car travel by paying mileage to drivers to use their cars. Offering a cycle mileage is a great way to ensure a fair scheme across the board, and to give cyclists something for their efforts. See the latest cycle mileage rate guidance here http://bit.ly/CycleMileage Some experts suggest mileage allowances for walking too http://gogreenbusiness.co.uk/art...

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  • Invest in fast broadband and teleconferencing equipment

    Technology has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years and now it is possible to cut business miles by having meetings online. Thanks to modern broadband, gone are the days of pixelated video streams, annoying echoes and infuriating delays.

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  • Invest in or loan an electric car or electric bike

    If you do lots of short trips around the city, electric cars make can make great sense. See SourceWest for info on electric cars and local charge points http://www.sourcewest.info/ Read how Green Hat http://gogreenbusiness.co.uk/cas... and Knowle West Media Centre http://gogreenbusiness.co.uk/cas... benefit from their electric bikes

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  • Use a pool car or join a car club to get to meetings

    Are your staff having to drive into work instead of catching the train, just so they can get to meetings during the day? Consider joining a car club, http://travelwest.info/drive/car... By joining a club you might save on paying your staff mileage, and modern, low emission car club cars and vans may be more efficient than the old vehicles your team drive, leading to reduced emissions. Some of the cars are even electric!

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Planning & Resilience

Actions selected in this sector will help improve your sustainability in the area of planning and resilience ensuring you are more prepared for shocks and more connected with wider networks. Select actions from this list that you are already progressing, or you feel you can make measurable progress on or achieve within a year.

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We seek to contribute towards the creation of a society that is resilient to economic shocks such as a recession

Supporting the local and ethical economy now is an important step to make sure that local services will still be there in the future. Living in a globalised World, technology means it is often easy to find goods and services cheaper elsewhere. However, these supply chains can often be lacking in environmental credentials, unethical and vulnerable to shocks. What would happen to your supply chain in cases of unexpected events such as flooding, war or natural disaster? Building up strong ties and developing professional relationships locally makes good business sense and helps to build a self sufficient city that can support itself in the long term.

  • Consider crowdfunding

    Crowdfunding is a great way to raise funds for innovative ideas and has become more popular in recent years. It can be particularly successful if the venture has a wider benefit to society. Raising funds from a large number of investors helps to build a network and foundation community of engaged supporters before your project even gets going. Bristol has its own crowdfunding platforms http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/bet... or https://www.fundsurfer.com/

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  • Switch to an ethical pension scheme

    A new law means that by 2018 every employer must automatically enrol workers into a workplace pension scheme if they: - are aged between 22 and State Pension age - earn more than £10,000 a year - work in the UK This is called ‘automatic enrolment’ and will affect all businesses soon. Find out more here https://www.gov.uk/workplace-pen... Then take time to find out how you can ensure your pension scheme is ethical and sustainable http://www.ethicalconsumer.org/b...

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  • Switch to ethical banking and finance schemes

    You can find out more at http://moveyourmoney.org.uk/ Business and charity current accounts from Bristol-based ethical bank Triodos provide the services you would expect from a current account with the additional benefit that you're helping to contribute to positive change. Triodos puts your money to work in a range of ways that support ethical enterprises and initiatives and promote social, cultural and environmental change for the better. https://www.triodos.co.uk/en/bus... You could also consider the Bristol Credit Union for your business banking requirements - a democratic, financial co-operative owned and controlled by its own members - available to businesses across the whole West of England http://www.bristolcreditunion.org/

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  • Use Bristol's local currency

    The Bristol Pound is the UK's first city-wide local currency, the first to have electronic accounts managed by a regulated financial institution, and the first that can be used to pay local taxes. It is money that sticks to Bristol and every business can use it in some way. Read this quick guide to find out three key ways that you can start using Bristol Pound today http://gogreenbusiness.co.uk/art... to support the local economy and help build a resilient city. Furthermore, it's a community; Bristol Pound businesses talk to each other, meet up and do business with each other, so you may even find a new supplier or customer! If you are based outside Bristol, look out for a local currency in your area.

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We are engaging our staff to embed a resilient culture of sustainability in the business

Engaging your employees with your mission to become more sustainable is the key to success in the long term. Empowering staff by allowing them take a lead on decision-making can help ensure sustainability remains on the agenda and allowing them to share their creative ideas creates a fun and supportive work environment.

  • Have a system in place to reward and recognise sustainable actions

    This could be as simple as putting chocolates on the desk of those who switch their computer off at the socket overnight or can get very sophisticated. JUMP: Healthy Planet – Healthy Team http://www.teamjump.co.uk/ is an online tool and point scheme which is designed to help organisations embed a culture of sustainability and healthy living. Find out how local company Copper Bristol are engaging their staff with green issues using JUMP in this case study http://gogreenbusiness.co.uk/cas...

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  • Run a Business Green Week to engage your staff

    Running a Business Green Week is an ideal way to try out new green behaviours in your workplace, just for one week. This is a week long city-wide initiative that takes place every June and can help to kick start sustainable behaviour change year round. A free and easy to follow how-to-guide from 2015 is available for you to download here http://gogreenbusiness.co.uk/res... and you can see all the highlights from 2015's Business Green Week here https://storify.com/GoGreenBrist...

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We are exploring business development opportunities to prepare for change

Nothing stays the same. Technology developments, shifts in public opinion, material shortages or new legislation can happen at any time. These changes can be seized as positive opportunities to develop your business model - perhaps in new and exciting directions.

  • Ensure someone in your team is responsible for horizon scanning

    Being prepared for changes in legislation, technology and public opinion as well as resource scarcity and supply chain disruption is essential if you want to ensure your organisation's long term viability. Making it part of someone's job description to keep up-to-date is the best way to ensure this doesn't fall by the wayside. The Prepare for Change network from the Schumacher Institute can help provide direction and information, support and networking opportunities for this individual to help keep them up to date. http://www.schumacherinstitute.o...

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  • Enter environmental awards

    Entering environmental awards (and hopefully winning!) is a great way to communicate to your clients, customers and staff that you are making strides and demonstrating leadership in green business practice. See how winning a business award has helped Minuteman Press http://gogreenbusiness.co.uk/cas... If you are sourcing Fairtrade products, enter the Fairtrade Business Awards http://www.bristolfairtrade.org....

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  • Explore how your business can diversify to offer an environmental product or service

    Businesses that offer a green product range or can specialise in the field can access new markets and attract new customers. This could be a product that is more resource-efficient to produce or that can help users be greener. There is huge scope for innovation in this area. Diversification demonstrates that your business has foresight and is planning for the future; making your business more fit to operate in a low carbon economy.

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  • Promote your green credentials in your internal and external marketing and communications

    Telling your clients, staff and customers about your green journey is essential. Your experiences will help to inspire others, will strengthen your company brand and will also communicate your progress to your staff and help you attract and retain new talent. Make sure you are displaying your 'Go Green: Doing Good' logo on your email footers and correspondence, and create a page on your website that is dedicated to sustainability.

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Happy & Healthy

Actions selected in this sector will help improve the happiness and wellbeing of your employees. Select actions from this list that you are already progressing, or you feel you can make measurable progress on or achieve within a year.

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I want my employees to feel valued and looked after

The job market is a competitive place these days. The internet, social media and increased transparency means that a savvy employee will always be checking out the competition meaning it's more important than ever to attract and retain good talent. Employees that feel engaged and looked after are more productive, take fewer sick days and will work hard to deliver the best results.

  • Encourage and support your staff to bring forward innovative ideas

    By simply providing a suggestion box that is regularly reviewed, staff can be encouraged to bring forward ideas. Perhaps even invest in an internal social network system to enable collaboration across teams and sites. In a large organisation you could invite your staff to come forward with questions and ideas using Google Moderator http://bit.ly/15OM4iX Support inter-team collaboration with opportunities for people to meet informally such as through car share cafés, communal lunch areas, team sports and away days. Allowing staff to spend a percentage of their working week on projects that really interest them celebrates and supports the ideas of talented employees.

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  • Ensure that your workplace is as inclusive and accessible as possible and that you encourage diversity in your workforce

    Find out more about the Equality Act 2010 here http://www.acas.org.uk/equalityact The Bristol Manifesto for Race Equality was launched in 2015 highlighting key areas where racial inequalities persist and asks local public and private agencies to pledge actions they will take to address this http://www.bristolbmevoice.org.u... Pledge your organisation to end mental health stigma http://www.time-to-change.org.uk...

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  • Have a system in place to reward and recognise good work

    This could be as simple as putting chocolates on the desk of those who switch their computer off at the socket overnight or can get very sophisticated. JUMP: Healthy Planet – Healthy Team http://www.teamjump.co.uk/ is an online tool and points scheme which is designed to help organisations embed a culture of sustainability and healthy living. An online platform for rewarding positive action for large businesses is https://www.wearedonation.com/ Find out how local company Copper Bristol are engaging their staff with green issues using JUMP in this case study http://gogreenbusiness.co.uk/cas...

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  • Pay a living wage

    Employers can volunteer to pay the Living Wage. It is calculated according to the basic standard of living in the UK, is set indepentently and updated annually http://www.livingwage.org.uk/wha...

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  • Provide training and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities for staff

    Investing in training is a great way to help your employees to develop whilst they work for you, giving you more value and ensuring that your business can keep up with the competition. The University West of England offers a variety of CPD courses http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/whatcanist... as do Business West http://www.businesswest.co.uk/tr... and BRAVE http://www.brave.org.uk/ Allowing your employees to spend time attending local networking events will also help them grow their knowledge and stay abreast of sector developments, as well as raising your profile locally. Additionally, internal mentoring programmes can help your staff to achieve their potential. If you are an SME and your staff require sustainability training to give them confidence and support them to improve your business' environmental credentials, you may be eligible for funding http://gogreenbusiness.co.uk/art...

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  • Sign up to the Workplace Wellbeing Charter

    The National Charter can be found at http://www.wellbeingcharter.org.uk/ The charter applies to any size organisation. Before signing up to the charter you could take a step-by-step approach to implementing wellbeing initiatives by using the free information at; https://www.bristol.gov.uk/en/bu...

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I want my staff to have a good work-life balance

Modern life is busy and it can be hard to fit everything in. Studies have shown that too much work and not enough play can lead to burnout, absenteeism and staff are more likely to make mistakes on the job, which can be costly, meaning it actually pays for you to invest in wellbeing measures to keep your staff healthy and productive.

  • Formally offer flexi-time (beyond the legal requirements)

    The world of work is changing; many of us are no longer tied to the hours of an industrial working week as technology makes it easier to work from anywhere. Flexi-time, part-time working, job sharing, compressed working hours and even sabbaticals and career breaks can help retain staff and reduce recruitment costs. Recent research by the CIPD shows that only 60% of companies have formal policies on flexible workplace practices including 70% of large companies and 44% of SMEs. Although employees are legally allowed to request flexi-time https://www.gov.uk/flexible-work... having a clear and express policy on this can have benefits for all and allowing your staff some flexibility can help you attract and retain top talent.

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  • Upgrade technology and systems to allow agile working

    Agile working is a great way help your staff get a good work-life balance, particularly for those with a long commute. Empowering people is the key and this involves trust and responsibility. To find out more read this guide on Agile Working http://gogreenbusiness.co.uk/art... Need to convince HR? Get them to read this report. http://www.cipd.co.uk/binaries/h... and join the Agile Future Forum for support http://www.agilefutureforum.co.uk/ Read how Your Power have implemented agile working with great success http://gogreenbusiness.co.uk/cas...

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I want to my help my staff to be active in the local community

Your staff can benefit hugely from taking part in volunteering and fundraising activities. It can help them to connect more to their surrounding community when at work and your business can benefit too.

  • Offer pro-bono professional support

    Many volunteering opportunities make use of your transferable and personal skills but providing free professional advice to those that need it can also be very worthwhile. See if the Business in the Community Connector Programme is for you http://www.bitc.org.uk/programme... or if you can offer Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills get involved in the STEMNet programme http://www.graphicscience.co.uk/

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  • Organise group volunteering activities

    Getting to know your colleagues, getting out into the fresh air and making a positive impact in your local community: these are just some of the benefits to getting your employees to roll up their sleeves and get involved. Avon Wildlife Trust's Employee Engagement Days and Working for Wildlife business membership offer a great way to identify local opportunities to help, no matter whether you are a small local business, or a multi-national corporation http://www.avonwildlifetrust.org... Alternatively see how Bristol based app http://www.neighbourly.com can help you match up your company's skills with community groups that could benefit from your time and expertise. If your staff can only volunteer on an adhoc basis then encourage them to sign up to http://www.helpfulpeeps.com/

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  • Regularly donate money or time to a good cause

    Sign up to neighbourly to post your offer and connect with local community groups https://www.neighbourly.com/ or connect with lots of other helpful people through http://www.helpfulpeeps.com/ You could even work with Bristol Based charities like Deki who train your staff as part of the fundraising experience http://bit.ly/DekiTennerTournament

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I want to provide a healthy workplace for my staff

Research commissioned by Bristol City Council and undertaken by the University of Bath in 2012 found that sickness absence costs the Bristol economy between £120-240 million per year, which is 10 million lost working hours. Stress and back pain are the major causes of sickness absence but much of this is preventable. Encouraging staff to be healthy and active can reduce sickness absence by 20-30 per cent. (http://www.bristol.gov.uk/press/bristols-workplace-wellbeing-charter-launched)

  • Create an environment that minimises work-related stress

    Encourage people to take regular breaks, eat lunch away from their desk and get out for some fresh air. All the little things add up, from making sure your staff are sitting in the right position at their computers http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/workp... to getting the air temperature right and potentially even allowing pets in the workplace if appropriate.

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  • Provide healthy food options

    Having a fruit selection in easy reach at work can help your staff eat healthily, http://www.fruitme.co.uk or http://www.fruition-bristol.co.uk/ who delivers to your office

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I want to help my staff to feel connected to nature

People spend the majority of their waking hours at work. The modern day workforce is increasingly urban and disconnected from nature due to working indoors and often away from natural sunlight. Enabling staff to access outdoor green space and have opportunities to experience trees, plants and fresh air during their work hours can have positive impacts on health and productivity.

  • Ensure your staff have access to green spaces

    According to the European Environment Agency "every 10% increase in green space is associated with a reduction in diseases equivalent to an increase of five years of life expectancy" http://bit.ly/1tqgCmt Green space in the workplace could be anything from a window box or courtyard planter, to access to a park during lunch hour. If you have your own outdoor space, Incredible Edible can help you set up allotments at your workplace, like the one they did for Destination Bristol. Read more about their edible garden http://gogreenbusiness.co.uk/cas...

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  • Support wildlife near the workplace

    Avon Wildlife Trust has a vision to turn Bristol into a nature reserve. Working with communities across Bristol to transform gardens and open spaces, you can help to create a nature-rich city that attracts wildlife right up to our doorsteps. Find out how your business can do something amazing for bees, birds and butterflies today - http://www.avonwildlifetrust.org...

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Sustainable Sourcing

Actions selected in this sector will help improve the overall sustainablity of your company buying habits. Select actions from this list that you are already progressing, or you feel you can make measurable progress on or achieve within a year.

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We purchase goods and services

Every business, no matter what size or sector is responsible for purchasing something, be it tea bags, energy, cleaning products, IT services, flowers, sheet metal, paper - the list is endless.

  • Analyse your key suppliers and identify your high impact suppliers

    For every business this will be different. Your high impact supplier could be the one you spend most with, or the one you purchase most from in volume. If you work in an office your highest impact might be energy (gas and electric). Furniture makers may source rare timbers, whereas the main purchase for restaurants will be raw ingredients. Make a list to identify these key purchases. The suppliers at the top of the list by either cost or volume are the suppliers you should initially focus on. The Defra Sustainable Procurement Prioritisation Tool has a useful framework for this http://bit.ly/DEFRAPrioritisatio...

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  • Produce a policy to agree and communicate your overarching sustainability objectives to your customers and suppliers

    What your policy will say will depend on the aims, objectives and activities of your own business. When it comes to the goods you buy, is your priority to reduce reliance on fossil fuels or is it to avoid use of certain harmful materials? This will dictate the contents of your policy. A robust policy can lead to winning work with discerning clients and attracting and retaining top talent. Follow our easy guide to producing an environmental policy http://gogreenbusiness.co.uk/art...

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We are keen to identify the key environmental, social and ethical impacts of our supply chain

All the goods we purchase have a story attached to them. How they are made, what they are made of, who has made them and how far they have travelled are all things that should be considered.

  • Explore the potential for using accredited products and services that are appropriate to your business context

    Choosing accredited options provides assurance that a product is upholding certain standards that you can trust. Fairtrade produce is readily available in the Bristol region, see our blog on why sourcing Fairtrade is good for your business http://gogreenbusiness.co.uk/art... If you want to check the credibility of an accreditation, look it up on ISEAL http://www.isealalliance.org/abo... and check the Standards Map http://www.standardsmap.org/

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  • Select environmentally friendly and socially responsible alternatives

    When sourcing goods the first question is 'do we need it in the first place?' If the answer is still 'yes' aim to consider the full range of environmental, social and ethical impacts and make choices in selecting alternatives that fit with the ethos of your business and your environmental policy. For guidance on a range of green labels see http://www.standardsmap.org/ If your business sources fish, help Bristol to become a Sustainable Fish City http://gogreenbusiness.co.uk/art... Read some top tips on Sustainable Sourcing from the Go Green Business Breakfast at River Cottage Canteen http://gogreenbusiness.co.uk/art... and our sustainable sourcing workshop http://gogreenbusiness.co.uk/art...

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  • Take collective local action to source more sustainably

    Setting up a buying group can mean you can address a lack of sustainable options nearby. This free toolkit is available from Sustain to help you get your project off the ground http://www.sustainweb.org/foodco...

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  • Undertake a sustainability analysis of the products and services that you buy

    If you are committed to sustainable procurement you will need to undertake a full analysis of your supply chain. This is no mean feat so you may need to bring in experts and follow British or International Standards to support you. Consider using PAS 2050:2011 standard on carbon footprint calculating http://bit.ly/GGPAS-2050 and keep your eyes peeled for the launch of the new International Standard for sustainable purchasing http://bit.ly/1CzcEtl There is lots of free advice on sustainable procurement from Wrap http://www.wrap.org.uk/sites/fil...

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Communicating our work on sustainable sourcing is important to us

By talking about your sustainable sourcing decisions, you can help to engage and educate your customers and clients on procurement issues and why they are important to you. This will have a positive impact on the wider business community, as others may start to consider their own actions. Include information on your website or share best practice via the Go Green Prove It network.

  • Complete your action plan and progress to Prove It

    By reaching the Go Green Prove It stage http://gogreenbusiness.co.uk/abo... and demonstrating that you are a thought leader in the city region, you will be invited to share your experiences through case studies and presenting at events, thus enabling you to promote your organisation's green credentials. See our list of current members to find out who is already 'proving it' http://gogreenbusiness.co.uk/abo... You can share the PDF version of your Prove It action plan on your website for potential clients to access.

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  • Share your successes through your regular channels of communication

    Both internal and external existing communication channels are excellent for sharing your sustainable sourcing achievements. Websites, blogs, social media, annual reports, local press and team events are perfect opportunities to spread the word and inspire others.

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  • Train your staff on sustainable procurement

    This could be anything from a simple training session with key personnel who are responsible for purchasing goods and services for your organisation or an external training course. See tips from our Go Green Sustainable Sourcing workshop http://gogreenbusiness.co.uk/art...

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