Work With a Purpose
Savvy consumers make a positive global impact every day by wielding a highly effective buying power. This power allows average shoppers to make their preferences and favorite philanthropic causes known through the strategic purchases they make. In essence, they actively seek to purchase responsibly made products from companies that give back to the community. This, in turn, is meant to prove that responsible manufacturing and ethical company practices go a long way in promoting brand loyalty for household products and classic brands.
Products with purpose can even be found in your workplace environment. Many companies offering office solutions, including Boise Paper, are committed to far more than just selling as many pens and reams of paper as possible. Besides the availability of their Diverse Earth™ premium recycled paper line, the company funds schools through Box Tops for Education and creates emergency and disaster preparedness materials with the American Red Cross. These initiatives are just some of the good things that happen through Boise Paper’s Paper with Purpose commitment.
Five Ways to Do Good from the Office in 2016
Helping the community is a great way to help employees feel more connected and productive. Here are some tips to help you make sure your office isn’t just working hard – it’s contributing to the communities where you live, work and play.
- Support Students – Many brands, including Boise Paper, participate in Box Tops for Education™. When your office buys products that have Box Top labels, you can hand them out to employees for their children’s schools. Offices also often use the same types of supplies that many schools need. Consider donating extra or unused office supplies to local schools once a quarter. This list from Zealous Good provides ideas of where you can donate supplies in your local community.
- Recycle Smarter – Make sure your office is a good steward of the environment by making recycling bins prominent and letting everyone know where they are located. When purchasing paper for your office, opt for paper that is made from 30 percent or more recycled content.
- Double Your Paper Life – Printing is a fact of life in an office setting, so if eliminating sheets of paper from your office routine isn’t possible, make an effort to print smarter. Designate one printer in the office for internal documents and load it with reused copy paper, such as drafts or outdated materials. Printing on both sides of documents will double the life of your paper before you toss it in the recycling bin.
- Socialize for a Good Cause – Promote team building among employees while also giving back. Instead of a cocktail hour this month, consider coordinating a volunteer outing to paint a school, pick up trash or train for a spring charity race.
- Help a Charity – Let your office activities and purchases work a little harder for the community. Consider collecting soda tabs in the kitchen to donate to the Ronald McDonald House or purchasing cartons of Boise Paper to support American Red Cross initiatives. Boise Paper is an Annual Disaster Giving Program sponsor, so your paper purchase will go towards relief work throughout the country. Boise Paper is also committed to helping local communities and partners with the Alliance for Community Trees to participate in Project UP™, which is an initiative that helps turn abandoned urban areas into parks.
Adding these simple measures into your office’s routine can ensure that the work you are already doing benefits the environment and positively impacts your local community, too.
More Simple Ways To Work With A Purpose…
To promote your own stewardship projects, try instituting for a “double-sided” printing policy in the office. It’s a simple change that everyone can agree upon making, and it will help your co-workers save dozens of sheets of paper every day. In time, your business could even see an overall reduction in office supply costs. Now, that’s proof good business sense means green business sense.
Go paperless whenever possible. Not everyone in attendance at the office meeting needs their own physical copy of the proposal. Instead, send out a PDF document and ask employees to electronically record comments and notes regarding the document. It’s amazing what one can do without being weighed down by all those sticky tabs and spiral notebooks of the past. You’ll never miss them once you adopt a paperless approach. Just forget about using that “My dog ate my homework” excuse ever again.
Regardless of how you choose to conduct business, align yourself with companies and associates that work ethically and spend responsibly. Your customers will appreciate your efforts, and your employees will value their workplace more because of the definitive stance taken. Boise Paper is dedicated to delivering remarkable value while preserving the world’s most precious resources for future generations. Boise may be your go-to source for printer paper, but they also provide hope for socially conscious commerce.
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