Small Businesses and the Environment

 
Businesses, both small and large, have been major contributors to climate change. Unfortunately, becoming “green” and implementing environmentally friendly practices have often been a low priority in small businesses such as yours. This is due to their lack of resources compared to larger businesses: time, money, people, and information. Like their larger counterparts, small businesses have an environmental responsibility. Along with customers and the general public, small businesses can benefit when they make the commitment to become “green”.

Please take a few minutes to answer these questions regarding your views on environmental practices and business’ role in environmental change.
1. Do you believe businesses have a responsibility to the environment?
2. Do you think your employees engage in environmentally friendly behavior?
3. Do you think your customers are aware of the environmental practices of businesses?
4. Do you believe customers take the environmental practices of businesses when making purchases of goods and services?
5. On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being least priority and 10 being highest priority, how important is the environment when evaluating the operations of your business?
6. Over the last year, how many environmentally friendly activities have been introduced within your company’s areas of operation?
7. Do you believe becoming environmentally friendly is currently a good decision for your business?
8. If you are not making environmental changes to your business, would you attribute this to a lack of resources (time, money, personnel, information, etc.)?
9. Do you think making environmentally friendly changes to your businesses are worth the commitment of resources?
10. How likely are you to make environmental changes to your business if your customers indicate the environment as one of their concerns?
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