With the help of the Green Office environmental management system, offices have many ways to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The aim of the UN’s goals is to take account of environmental, human, and economic concerns.
The Green Office program is directly related to most of the SDGs. The practical measures we help you with pay particular attention to the goals relating to the environment and wellbeing, such as fighting climate change, conserving biodiversity, and developing sustainable forms of livelihood. Green Offices are indirectly involved in supporting all the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
Green Office encourages companies to promote the wellbeing of their personnel, for example by promoting everyday exercise and a good working atmosphere. Among other emphases of the program are indoor air quality and ecological cleaning chemicals.
Naturally, water consumption is also taken into account in Green Offices. The environmental program always includes at least one measure for reducing water usage. This could be, for example, using water-saving devices, or cutting water consumption through monitoring.
Energy conservation is an important part of Green Office, and is also one criterion of the program. Green Office strongly recommends switching to renewable energy and utilizing energy efficiently.
Green Office encourages business models that make sustainability a priority, with the understanding that economic growth can be compatible with caring for environment. Promoting sustainable production and consumption is also easier with Green Office.
Green Office encourages the use of public and non-motorized transport instead of private cars. This contributes to the development of public transport systems. Waste treatment management contributes to the development of public waste recycling systems. Green Office also emphasizes energy efficiency and sustainability in property management.
Among the means Green Office uses to encourage sustainable use of natural resources are recommendations and advice on switching to renewable energy and making energy savings. One Green Office criterion is procurement instructions that consider the ecological and ethical aspects of office supplies and other work-related products. Green Office requires annual reporting, which allows the model to be integrated into monitoring and reporting. The results can be put to use in corporate responsibility reporting.
Green Office aims to curb climate change by the most practical means, such as by reducing work commuting and energy emissions from offices. The program increases staff knowledge of climate change and how to slow it.
Another Green Office criterion is drawing up a responsible procurement manual. Green Office encourages companies to reduce consumption of paper, and favor responsibly produced (FSC-certified) paper products. We also recommend the use of other FSC-certified wood products in the office. Green Office promotes maintenance of biodiversity.
Green Offices throughout the world help to further sustainable development and support the UN’s common goals. The annual fees paid by Green Offices are used to support WWF's work. In this way, goals are met not only directly in offices through informed choices, but also indirectly, through WWF’s activities.