We are a large business, why should I join Go Green?

Go Green will help you prove to competitors, suppliers, staff, the public and other stakeholders that you are making strides to be more sustainable and get involved in your local community, which can raise your profile locally and help you win business. Through hosting events, speaking at events and providing case studies, you can provide sustainable thought leadership in the region and engage with the local business community on green business issues.

We are a small business, why should I join Go Green?

Go Green allows you to position yourself as a sustainable business and access support as you discover new ways to improve and communicate your green credentials. You will gain knowledge and learn from larger businesses, and be inspired as you discover ways they are going green. Joining Go Green could lead you to winning contracts with businesses and public sector organisations that require proof of efforts towards more sustainable business practice. You can network with other like-minded businesses to at Go Green events, and the use of the Go Green logo will help you show your customers, clients and employees that you are committed to being a responsible business, and are involved with the activity that has taken place whilst Bristol was European Green Capital.

We have already taken the Bristol Green Capital Partnership Pledge, does that mean that we are members of Go Green?

No. Whilst Go Green and the Bristol Green Capital Partnership are working closely together, taking the Green Capital Pledge does not mean that you have signed up to Go Green.

We already have an accreditation such as ISO 14001 or The Planet Mark, why should I join Go Green too?

Go Green is not an accreditation scheme, nor is it in competition with any existing schemes. Go Green is designed to add value to your existing accreditations by providing a local forum for businesses in Bristol and the West of England to network, share best practice and inspire others across the region. Go Green’s website, tool and comprehensive events programme will signpost you to existing resources and initiatives which help you to further improve your green credentials, and equally will provide an opportunity for your to communicate your progress. Furthermore, having an accreditation means you will be able to progress more quickly to the Prove It stage.

Is the content in the Go Green Action Plan going to be the same as what I cover in my ISO 14001 Environmental Management System (EMS)?

The issues covered in the Go Green tool extend beyond those considered in a typical EMS, which tend to focus on legal compliance, reducing waste, pollution, resource and energy use. The online tool can help businesses identify where there are gaps in the approach to sustainability across their business in much wider reaching areas which you may have not considered, from staff health and wellbeing, to supporting the local supply chain and even tips on ethical investment and pension funds.

But don’t take our word for it! Here is a quote from someone who already uses the tool

“The Go Green Tool compliments our ISO 14001 accreditation by helping us focus on areas of our business that are not all about Environmental Systems, for example our people and how we interact with the local community. The tool is very easy to use and by creating an Action Plan we can involve other stakeholders within our business to identify, action and deliver positive benefits for our staff, our customers, our suppliers and enhance our business profitability.” Kevin Pembroke, Sales and Marketing Director, Latcham Direct.

What are the Go Green Business Breakfasts and who are they for?

The Go Green Business Breakfasts are  monthly educational and networking events that will be starting before the working day where breakfast (for example bacon/vegetarian option rolls, pastries etc) and tea and coffee will be provided. These events must be pre booked in order for us to provide adequate catering, and will be subject to a small attendance fee, payable through Eventbrite. Priority booking is given to Go Green members who have created their action plan.

Each breakfast will have a theme that is related to the Go Green pillars. This is to encourage Go Green members to reflect on that particular pillar of their own action plan, and come away from the breakfast with ideas on how to complete more actions in that pillar. There will be presentations from experts and examples from businesses who are making progress on their Go Green Action Plan. Space will also be provided for exhibitors from businesses and local organisations that offer products or services that can support businesses to complete actions. If your business would like to apply to exhibit at a Go Green breakfast email events@gogreenbusiness.co.uk – please be aware that to exhibit, your business must first have created a Go Green Action Plan.

Do you have a question?

We are working on building these FAQs and if your question is not answered here, please get in touch with the Go Green team who will be happy to help!