According to a recent report released by Ernst & Young LLP and the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, sustainability reporting has emerged as a common practice of 21st-century business. Sustainability disclosure used to be performed by a few unusually green or community-oriented companies, but today it is a best practice employed by companies worldwide. This kind of disclosure of sustainability efforts can be a differentiator in competitive industries with benefits that include:
- Better reputation
- Meeting the expectation of employees
- Improved access to capital
- Increased efficiency and waste reduction
As more and more companies look to dip their toes in the sustainability pool, the most common question that arises is, “how much will it cost my company to go green?” The good news is that there is a way to improve your carbon footprint while also saving your company money. One of the best places to start is by controlling how and what your company prints. Most offices have no control measures in place for printing and the financial and environmental costs can be shocking.
Our partners at Print Audit have created a free cost and environmental savings calculator that you can use to determine the positive impact that properly controlled printing can have on the environment and your bottom line.
For a medium sized company that prints 3 million pages/year, a few simple measures such as moving print jobs from expensive desktop printers to lower cost MFPs, increasing duplex prints, and reducing print volumes can make a huge impact.
Establishing more control over what and how your company prints is a great way to get started towards measurable sustainability for your company – giving you a competitive edge while saving money.