There are 4.5million small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK, that's 99% of all Britain's enterprises. But when it comes to sustainability the benefits of being green are often being missed.
Steve Malkin, Planet Positive CEO says: "Our goal is to help SMEs experience the business benefits of sustainability, such as saving money, generating new business, engaging employees and, of course, being good for the planet. The 7-days to Sustainability campaign is free and provides easy to follow steps to help business become more sustainable."
The 7-days to Sustainability campaign is being supported by corporations who are at the forefront of sustainability such as Tesco, Boots, M&S and Deloitte. SMEs can register for the 7-day programme online on the campaign website www.7days2sustainability.com. The first SMEs will start their 7-day Sustainability programme on Tuesday May 1st and SMEs will participate weekly thereafter for the remainder of 2012 and beyond.
Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said: "Saving energy goes straight to the bottom line, helping businesses save money and increase competitiveness as well as cut carbon. Free help and advice, like the Planet Positive campaign is offering, helps to build businesses on sustainable foundations and reap all the benefits that energy efficiency has to offer."
Business leaders to support the campaign include Willie Walsh (IAG), Paul Polman (Unilever), Ian Cheshire (Kingfisher) and Deborah Meaden from BBC's Dragon's Den, who said: "I would recommend that every business joins the campaign."
With extensive experience in providing practical sustainability advice, Planet Positive has observed that speed, complexity and cost are the biggest reasons for business avoiding the sustainability agenda. The 7-days to Sustainability campaign will help SMEs and suppliers to overcome these hurdles and experience the business benefits of sustainability such as resource efficiency and cost saving, new business advice and the ability to answer tenders, marketing differentiation and employee & customer engagement.
Corporate Partners: Boots, Procserve, IAG, Deloitte and Tesco
Official Supporters: Eco-nomics, Abbey Business Equipment, ESTA, Forum for the Future, Cool Earth, FX-magazine, M&S, King Lion Media, Eat Natural Brand, DBDA, The Discovery Mill, Amber Energy, Business in the Community, Sustainable Restaurant Association, ESTA, Ethical Fashion Consultancy, One Pumpkin.