what is a Sustainable business?
A business is considered sustainable when operations are economically efficient and it produces a good/service that does not harm the environment nor other living beings. Ideally, a sustainable business elevates the well-being of society and the environment, while becoming more profitable and serving as an inspiration for other businesses and consumers.
- Minimize landfill waste - buy in bulk + recycle
- Reduce energy + waste consumption - purchase green power
- Monitor carbon footprint - walk, bike, carpool, bus
- Use a locally owned bank
- Pay a “living wage” - Offer flexible scheduling
- Satisfy customer expectations
- Volunteer within the community
- Shop local
- Follow a long term plan/focus
- Innovative/Challenge status quo
- Adaptable to change
- Proactive with social + environmental issues
- Collaborative with others in industry
what is a b corp?
A B Corp is a certification developed by the non-profit organization B Lab in order to measure your company's standards of social & environmental performance, accountability and transparency and aspire to use the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. Certified B Corporations are leaders of a global movement of people using business as a force for good™. We encourage you to take your company's pulse by using the free, online assessment called The B Impact Assessment.
Zen's impact report
Zen is proud to be a B Corp since 2015. Part of being a B Corp is being conscious of and measuring environmental and social impacts, as well as being transparent about them. We manage what we measure, so each year we set a new target goal so we can continue to improve our impact. See our full Impact Report here.
COMMITMENT TO ENVIRONMENT
The Zen team strives to make a minimal carbon footprint by commuting via bike/foot whenever possible.
Our office uses recycled goods & utilizes Passive solar light & heat.
2015 = 10%
2016 = 13%
2017 = 21%
2018 target = 23%
COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY
We donate 1% of Zen Business Consulting's revenues to a donor fund managed by the Community Foundation of Gunnison Valley. Those funds are earmarked to aid those local charities that are making environmental & social impacts within the Gunnison Valley.
HOURS DONATED TO LOCAL NON-PROFITS:
2015 = 82
2017 = 194
2018 target = 200
COMMITMENT TO CLIENTS
Zen promises to treat each client with the upmost respect. We guarantee confidentiality, integrity & honesty. Our invoices are prepared monthly, after services have been provided.