The Power of Partnerships for Green Initiatives

Posted by: Today's Tip Contributor on January 13, 2010

There’s power in numbers. Partnerships allow you to accomplish more together than you could ever do on your own. This is especially true for small businesses with limited staff, resources, and time. When it comes to sustainability, becoming partners with other companies up and down your supply chain can help your small business achieve its goals more quickly.

Here are a few suggestions to get started:

1. Expand your view. Look up and down your supply chain to see where you can come together to advance both your goals.

2. Communicate your objectives. Understand your environmental footprint and impact and make it clear where you are focused on making changes to reduce that impact. Ask for help and offer to help. Voicing your objectives is the best avenue to finding mutually beneficial partnerships.

3. Leverage the knowledge. Look to others for their expertise and for ways to put that expertise to work for your business. Likewise, look at what expertise your organization can offer that could help others advance their sustainability goals.

Patty Calkins
Vice-President for Environment, Health, and Safety
Xerox
Norwalk, Conn.

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