Bronze: Based on your specific industry, describe to us the major area of social and environmental impact (pick one for each) of your business and how you're currently addressing it.
Bronze: Establish a process to receive regular advice/mentoring on how to improve your business performance. For a business that hires employees or uses interns/volunteers, establish a process for providing clear feedback on performance.
Determine a defined ratio between your business's lowest and highest paid employee. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Set computers and monitors to enter automatic standby or sleep mode after 20-30 minutes of inactivity.
Test irrigation systems to ensure proper orientation (avoiding pavement) and water schedule.
Regularly update your customers about your business' efforts to become more environmentally and socially responsible (i.e. through company newsletters, press releases, tweets, etc.).
Bronze: After completing the GreenGain assessment, analyze your current sustainability performance and develop a plan that prioritizes initiatives based on your results.
Bronze: Create personal goals to help champion green initiatives throughout your company, or designate a green leader or Green Team for your business.
Obtain an assessment of your building's water use to identify specific water conservation ideas. (If you work out of a home office, click 'Complete'.)
Install an ENERGY STAR programmable thermostat to automate your HVAC or A/C system.
Use a green web hosting service for your business's website.
Place bins at print and copy stations to store unused printouts for scratch, draft paper, etc.
Use recycled or re-used boxes, bags, and general packaging for office mailings, shipping, marketing, and promotions.
Reduce outgoing mail by updating the contact information on your business's mailing lists regularly.
Reduce incoming junk mail by removing your business' name from national direct marketing databases.
Purchase ENERGY STAR qualified electronic equipment and appliances, an indicator of more energy efficient equipment.
Use low VOC (volatile organic compounds) emitting paint on walls and ceilings in workspace.
Use environmentally friendly cleaning products for daily use in the workplace, such as a non-toxic multipurpose cleaner or glass cleaner.
Enroll in a waste exchange program where your waste can become another business's resource.
Select office space in a LEED certified building or in a space with a clear track record of green building improvements. (If you work out of a home office, click 'Complete'.)
Donate a fixed portion of your profits to a social or environmental cause.
Install a filtered water tap at your sink or a water cooler for drinking water, instead of purchasing bottled water. (If you work out of a home office, click 'Complete'.)
Establish a recycling program that includes glass, plastic, and aluminum.
Design your office with day lighting in mind (i.e., take significant advantage of natural light with sky windows, skylights, etc.).
Install a smart irrigation controller that uses weather data to irrigate appropriately. (If you work out of a home office, click 'Complete'.)
Install low-flow aerators on faucets and showerheads or sensor controls that turn faucets on and off automatically.
Use natural pest management practices or minimize the use of toxic pesticide chemicals in indoor spaces. (If you work out of a home office, click 'Complete'.)
Reduce air leaks with weather stripping and caulking around windows and doorways.
Eliminate unnecessary paper forms for administrative functions and use electronic forms when possible (ie. digital faxes, electronic receipts, digital pay stubs).
Establish a paperless billing program for your vendors or clients.
Plant native, region-friendly plants to reduce irrigation and minimize the impact on the local habitat.
Complete a solid-waste assessment to help identify and quantify the items in your business' waste stream.
Use high-efficiency plumbing fixtures, like high efficiency toilets (HETs) and urinals (HEUs) to minimize water use.
Reserve a certain number of hours per year for employees to volunteer on local environmental or community projects (e.g., Habitat for Humanity, Earth Day). (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Relax the office dress code to allow for attire that doesn't require drycleaning, and encourage employees to switch to non-toxic dry cleaners. (If you work out of a home office, click 'Complete'.)
Develop a paper stewardship and reduction policy, and conduct a paper reduction campaign.
Use natural odor elimination methods, i.e. ventilating with open windows, air filters, carbon odor eliminators.
Use water-conserving cleaning methods when possible (i.e. sweeping instead of mopping and hosing).
Develop an energy conservation policy or program that encourages employees to support energy conservation. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Set up an office supply re-use center and encourage materials sharing (I.e. rechargeable batteries, scrap paper, markers, etc.).
Sell or donate unneeded furniture and office equipment.
Include a sustainability curriculum that raises awareness about general issues and personal choices and as part of your ongoing employee training program. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Use your lighting more efficiently with daylight dimmers and/or task lighting.
Reduce phantom vampire power loads by installing after hour timers on non-essential electrical appliances or using smart power strips.
Use washable electrostatic filters in HVAC units.
Optimize your servers for energy efficiency.
Use ceiling fans and cross ventilation in place of air conditioning when possible.
Purchase carbon offsets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that can't be reduced.
Ensure your green cleaning company or housekeeping staff cleans your office using green cleaning practices.
Add insulation and a timer to your hot water heater, or use a tankless water heater. (If you work out of a home office, click 'Complete'.)
Hire an Energy Services Company (ESCO). (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Recycle unwanted equipment and electronics, such as computer monitors, hard drives, cell phones, PDAs, toner cartridges.
Use telepresence or other long-distance communication to replace travel when possible.
Become an annual sponsor of an event promoting sustainability and social justice in your area.
Become an active member of an organization that continually works to improve the environment and social justice, nationally or in your region.
Provide training for employees on your business's social and environmental policies. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Include a sub-page on your website for green advocacy, education, information and resources links.
Develop a policy outlining your commitments for partnering with or giving back to local communities.
Actively recruit from underserved or special needs communities. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Encourage creative scheduling and telecommuting possibilities for your employees. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Implement processes and policies to support active participation of workers in management (i.e. Board of Directors, Executive teams, etc.). (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Make an explicit effort through your hiring process to attract a diverse pool of job applicants (i.e. religion, race, sexual and gender identity, etc.).
Provide formal support to your staff and workers for dealing with work-related stress. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Regularly review your marketing and promotional materials to ensure there is no use of negative stereotypes.
Clearly disclose to all staff members any internal policies, practices or code of ethics that impact employees. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Submit to third-party audits of social and/or environmental performance and share the conclusions with the public.
Offer employees flexible schedules to promote work life balance. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Pay living wages per community standard for your direct employees. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Offer eligible employees paid vacation days. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Offer eligible employees paid sick days. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Offer health Insurance or assurance of coverage to employees and their families. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Work regularly with vendors to minimize product packaging.
Arrange for a single delivery, or try to group shipments of several items at once from your vendors.
Donate old and unused merchandise and equipment to a local charity or non-profit organization.
Develop a comprehensive labor plan to minimize the risk of worker mistreatment throughout supply chain.
Make unannounced, at least annual, visits to your key production facilities and conduct offsite interviews with workers.
Identify country(ies) of origin and/or manufacture of your core products on the website.
If your materials or products qualify as organic but are not certified, clearly articulate your organic practices and any affordability and accessibility concerns around certification to your customers.
Maximize the percentage of USDA certified organic ingredients in your products.
Maximize the percentage of post-consumer recycled content in packaging for your products.
Eliminate use of virgin plastic, polystyrene, or any other petrochemical-based packaging for your products.
Implement a minimal packaging policy, based on industry best practices.
Have an accurate and complete ingredient and/or species list on product labels and website.
Conduct no animal testing.
Conduct a lifecycle analysis of your core products to map the impacts from sourcing of raw materials to ultimate disposal.
Source materials grown without using genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
Avoid using the following ingredients in your products: pthalates, parabens, sodium laurel sulfate, and synthetic fragrances.
Source your ingredients/components locally or within 150 miles from your operation.
Ensure that product packaging is operationally recyclable, biodegradable, or responsibly disposable.
Clearly label which of your products and ingredients are fair trade on website and product packaging.
Acquire the Leaping Bunny cruelty-free certification for your core products.
Use only natural or unscented essential oils rather than synthetic fragrances in your core products.
Use only minerals as active ingredients in sunscreen and avoid the use of nanoparticles.
Assist at least one other business in learning about sustainability and encourage them to join Green America's Green Business Network.
Include a statement on your website describing your business's social standards, goals, and objectives.
Include a statement on your website describing your business's environmental standards, goals, and objectives.
Publish an annual external report highlighting your performance on mission-related activities, including targets, results, and comparisons from previous year.
Actively participate in advocacy or lobbying work to raise awareness around environmental and/or social issues.
Offer your office space as a meeting or events location to a community organization. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Use Fair Trade or organic coffee, tea, and sugar in the office.
Clearly label which of your products and ingredients are organic, on website and product packaging.
Regularly educate yourself on the progress of responsible environmental and social practices in your industry.
Include instructions for disposal of packaging or information on how to recycle.
Use ground shipping rather than air whenever possible.
Identify and eliminate any petroleum-based products, or items with petrochemical derivatives additives that your business uses or offers.
Remove any materials in your products for which there are material scarcity concerns.
Minimize the use of animal ingredients in your products, or ensure that animal-based ingredients or components were responsibly produced.
Purchase trash bins and liners made from 35-100% post-consumer recycled materials.
Formulate an office purchasing policy to prioritize the purchase of used or recycled office equipment and furniture.
Purchase supplies and/or materials from green-certified or Green America certified companies.
Design or use product(s) that accept standard refills and/or have readily available refills.
Purchase renewable energy credits to off-set your business' energy consumption.
Purchase paper towels and toilet paper made from 35-100% post-consumer recycled materials.
Provide an industry-leading performance guarantee/warranty for your product or service.
Implement a process for regular employee performance evaluations from peers and subordinates. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Implement a process for regular employee performance evaluations from supervisors. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Offer a buying club or discounts for employees. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Institute grievance procedures to provide staff members with a process for addressing concerns or disagreements related to the violation of company policies. (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Engage office teams to lead specific issues or projects within the office (i.e. event planning, health and wellness, space allocation, etc.). (If you have 0-1 employees, hit 'Complete'.)
Bronze: Develop a social and environmental mission and vision statement for your business and post it on your website.
Bronze: Create and publish a clear return/refund/cancellation process for products and/or service contracts for customers/clients.
Silver: Identify any major environmental sourcing concerns in your supply chain and address at least one with a clear action plan. (If you are a service-based business, please click 'Complete').
Silver: Recommend environmentally preferable products and services to all of your clients (If you are a product-based business, please click 'Complete').
Silver: Establish practices to support the development and training of your employees and/or interns/volunteers. If you have 0-1 employees, develop and implement a yearly plan for professional growth and development.
Silver: Complete at least three initiatives in the "Supporting Your Community" category below.
Silver: Install the display source code for your Green America Seal of Approval on your website.
Gold: Describe your biggest new opportunity around social and environmental sustainability and how you plan to implement it.
Gold: Develop environmental criteria for the sourcing of materials, products, and/or vendors and describe them on your website.(For service-based businesses,apply criteria to office supplies and other materials used in the workplace)
Gold: Develop a fair labor Code of Conduct and require written consent from your core suppliers (If you are a service-based business, please click 'Complete').
Gold: Implement policies that encourage employee job flexibility and work life balance. If you have 0-1 employees, develop and implement a plan to build stronger work life balance.
Gold: Take a leadership role in an organization that continually works to improve the environment or social responsibility nationally or in your area.
Gold: List the date your business first opened (must be in operation at least six months to earn Gold status).
Silver: Identify any potential labor concerns in your workplace (service business) or supply chain (product company) and address at least one with a clear action plan.
Switch to green power from your utility.
Purchase folders, envelopes, notepads and other office paper products made from 35-100% post-consumer recycled materials.
Reduce the amount of paper used in marketing materials by eliminating envelopes, using fold and mail, providing information electronically, etc.