The North Atlantic whales are endangered and at risk of getting extinct. Every year, about 10 million hectares are lost. Climate change is causing the thawing of polar ice at a faster rate than any other moment in the past. The list of harm caused to the environment by human activities is endless. As the globe appears in a race towards more destruction, the good news is that you can do something about it.
Sure it is possible to point an accusing finger at others, but it is not until everyone starts taking responsibility that the problems for our planet will be addressed. One of the best methods of addressing these injustices to our planet is through corporate sustainability reporting. Well, corporate sustainability reporting has impressive benefits for the business, environment and society. In this post, we take a closer look at the benefits of the process to the environment.
Reduced Emissions to the Environment
Perhaps the most severe threat facing our planet today is the high levels of emissions. Most industrial facilities, especially the manufacturing units that use internal combustion engines, release a lot of harmful gases. Besides, processes that involve chemical reactions can also release harmful gasses into the atmosphere. The most harmful of these gases is carbon dioxide because it causes the greenhouse effect and global warming.
When businesses adopt ESG sustainability reporting, one of the goals is cutting down on their emissions. By reducing the harmful emissions, it means that we can finally slow down global warming and ultimately overcome it. Therefore, the challenges associated with global warming, from the thawing of polar ice to unprecedented coastal water levels, will also end. It is a great way to enhance the planet for both the current and future generations.
Sustainable Exploitation of Natural Resources
Does your company operation involve using natural resources, such as coal, petroleum, or other minerals? It is important to appreciate that the rate of the exploitation of the minerals from the planet is faster than how they are getting replenished. Even if your company only offers services, it still relies on natural resources because the electricity powering the lighting system might be produced through petroleum-fired generators, papers made from trees, and furniture made of wood.
ESG sustainability reporting seeks to redefine how businesses relate to nature. The aim is to increase the efficiency of production systems and ensure that resources sourced from the planet can comfortably serve the current and future generations. If your company shifts to solar energy, it implies that less of that resource will be extracted from nature. This will give it time to rejuvenate and avoid depletion.
Reversing the Loss of Biological Diversity
Today, a lot of plant and animal species are facing extinction. The rising global temperatures because of global warming, fast clearing of forests, and pollution are damaging the natural habitats of biological species, raising the risk of extinction. With good sustainability reporting, companies are able to support initiatives that are helping with habitat restoration. For example, your company might want to work with organizations that help with whale protection to address the danger of extinction.
No matter the size of your organization, know that it is possible to help rejuvenate the planet through sustainable reporting. It allows you to evaluate business operations and adopt strategies that can help to promote sustainability. In addition to helping the plant, your company will also enjoy many internal benefits, such as greater efficiency.