The Moral Obligations Of Running A Business That Is Bad For The Environment


The vast majority of us are very aware of the environmental risks to our planet. And while a lot of us are trying to do what we can, are we taking on board the moral responsibility of what industries can do about their own carbon footprint and impact on the environment? This is a dilemma that some business owners can struggle with because if you are running a business that in some way is harmful to the environment, are you making sure you are taking all the necessary precautions to cut back on harmful chemicals?

Where To Begin…

If you are in the manufacturing industry, there are issues with regards to air or water emissions, which can include smoke filled with chemicals as well as ash and particles or chemicals that will seep into the ground water through run-off. While there are environmental protection laws that demand businesses protect the environment from overexposure, there are things that every business can do to do their in-house. Whether this is just something as simple as communicating the best practices towards its employees or implementing new materials. Or just making sure the right machinery is in place, like oil water separators or specified gauges or the lining of retention ponds are made with clay or poly liners, these are things that should be part of the regulation process. As a business leader, it’s always important to keep abreast of the latest developments.

The Importance Of Cutting Back On Waste

There’s no way around it, if you are running a manufacturing business, you are going to be creating waste in one part of the process, so it’s your responsibility to decide how best to dispose of this waste. It all depends on the nature of the waste of course, and while recycling programs have proved to be a benefit across the board, you may wish to sell what is possible of the waste to other manufacturers that can use it as their own raw material. And while manufacturers use raw materials to put the goods together it’s important to replace the raw materials if they are natural ones, such as wood. A moral obligation of businesses that use an excess of wood may wish to plant more trees as a way of giving back.

Communicating Best Practices

If you have been able to implement specific environmental processes the next logical step is to communicate the responsibility for sustainability and cutting back on waste. This can be done by developing a corporate environmental strategy and implement this as part of the business model so you can protect the natural resources that you use in order to profit. An important part of the modern working industry is the moral obligation to help the planet. It’s a big ask to communicate the importance of sustainability across the board, but if we need to form a workplace culture that is ethical towards finding the best ways to make the business less harmful to the environment.

It all begins and ends with you as the business leader, and the moral responsibility is on your shoulders.

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