Hey, we’re the first to admit we aren’t perfect – but we like to think of ourselves as caring people who try to do the right thing. Incorporating green practices and social responsibility to our everyday operations not only makes us feel a little warm and fuzzy on the inside, but also helps ensure we’ll have a planet to do our business on. Did you know:
The average business consumes 3.6 tons of paper a year – The equivalence of a large garden full of trees?Assuming an average sized city has 100 businesses, imagine the amount of land they use up every year.
Now, to be honest, what we do isn’t ground-breaking stuff, but it’s something. Applying green processes to the workplace creates a healthy environment for employees, reduces unnecessary waste and recognizes the role that businesses play in leading the way for social change.
Well hey there neighbour. A wise man once said, community relations is food for the soul of the organization. To this we say, well put my friend! Making a positive difference in our community has only served in fostering cohesiveness within our organization and great friendships with the outside world and there’s nothing wrong with that!
Just a few community relations program and giving initiatives we meddle in include:
- On-going fundraising for the Peace Arch Hospital and Community Health Foundation
- Food Drive for the White Rock South Surrey Food Bank
- Clothing Drive for Atira Women’s Resource Society
- Adopt-a-Street in Coquitlam
- Food Drive for the Coquitlam Share Society
- Sponsorship for KidSport Canada
- Sponsorships for various local minor sports leagues and high school events
- Sponsorship for A Nite of Hope Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
Most, if not all of us here at Schill recycle at home, so continuing the practice at work isn’t a big leap.
With recycle bins throughout the office and our very own recycling guru Carol, we save the landfills everything from coffee creamer containers to toilet paper rolls… we do our best to recycle what we can.
What can we say, it feels good to do good.
Sustainability in the workplace is easier than you think. Even in an industry overwhelmed by paperwork we’ve managed to reduce our footprint.
As technology has evolved and improved, reducing our paper-use was the first step. We have significantly cut down by storing files electronically, printing less and printing double-sided when possible. We also reuse paper and recycle what we can.
Another step we’ve taken to reduce our impact is cutting out our mail reminders and switching to an old fashioned telephone call.
Essentially, aside from the mandatory glove-box papers and mandatory letters, we have become a paperless insurance broker. Nice!