Being a sustainable business can deliver you commercial benefits - managing costs, improving efficiencies, even helping boost profitability and generate future revenue. So what is sustainability and what can it do for your business?
The definition of sustainability according to the World Commission on Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission) 1987 is ‘Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’
Everybody wants to run their business in a leading, lasting and responsible way, to position their organisation to take advantage of an increasingly uncertain future, and to leave behind a positive legacy.
That, in a nutshell, is what sustainability means - protecting your business from the risks of today, and ensuring that your business can respond to the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow.
Whether it's the rise of the internet, the global financial crisis, or climate change, sustainable businesses are those which can adapt to changing conditions and turn crisis into opportunity. Businesses that aren't sustainable cannot expect to endure.
No business today can really afford to ignore the environment, and those that do run the risk not just of falling foul of legislation but of being at a commercial disadvantage. From growing business value to developing new business and saving energy, there are many significant benefits to being sustainable.
Lex Autolease and sustainability Winners of the 2010 Green Fleet leasing company of the year award
We can't avoid the inevitable. There will be increasing challenges linked to sustainability, which will affect each and every individual and organisation, and its transport requirements for now and in the future.
Sustainability doesn't come at a cost to your business, and more often than not it will work out commercially advantageous. There will be significant opportunities as well as risks for us and our customers. So, we make sure that we are always in good shape to take advantage of these. We believe in the benefits of long-term sustainable partnerships with customers and how important it is that they are prosperous and not put at risk due to lack of readiness for the challenges we face.
Our customers are demanding action from us. We are responding with innovation in terms of offering fresh and effective solutions to their sustainability needs and targets. We have already demonstrated the huge benefits of applying whole life cost principals to fleet policies, including significant reductions in carbon emissions and cost. Car and van fleets are major sources of carbon emissions, so are a great starting point for customers to begin to reduce CO2 output. It will soon become standard practice for all supply-chain links to demand that companies have a firm sustainability proposition in order to do business with them.
As the UK's largest car and van leasing company, we believe we have a responsibility to the industry, our customers and wider society to be a market leader in sustainable business practices and green fleet management. It's this commitment that led to us winning the 2010 Green Fleet leasing company of the year award.
Lex Autolease can provide you with a range of green vehicles including Low emission, Ultra low emission, Electric and hybrid vehicles and these can all be test driven subject to availability.