sustainable business

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. 

ENVIRONMENTALLY CONSCIENTIOUS

  • Minimize landfill waste - buy in bulk + recycle
  • Reduce energy + waste consumption - purchase green power
  • Monitor carbon footprint - walk, bike, carpool, bus

SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE

  • Use a locally owned bank
  • Pay a “living wage” - Offer flexible scheduling
  • Satisfy customer expectations
  • Volunteer within the community
  • Shop local

ECONOMICALLY EFFICIENT

  • 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?

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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.

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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.

RENEWABLE ENERGY:
2015 = 10%
2016 = 13%
2017 = 21%
2018 target = 23%

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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
2016= 98
2017 = 194
2018 target = 200

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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.