Momentum has been building for some time around brand purpose as more consumers rally behind brands that exist for reasons other than turning a profit. Today, consumers are becoming more interested in making purchases that align with their ethical and sustainability values. As such, there’s increased pressure on businesses to adopt sustainable practices. Cognizant of this, companies are looking to green their business processes.
It’s no secret, companies exist to make money, and it’s increasingly difficult to balance resource allocation between sustainability initiatives and the integration of digital technology into all areas of a business. However, that doesn’t mean businesses have to sacrifice one for the other. In reality, the relationship between sustainability and digital transformation is complementary.
Certain technologies, like cloud computing and going paperless with Electronic Document Management Software (EDMS), are key to sustainability—and these are things a savvy organization may choose to incorporate into its daily operations.
Go Paperless, Go Green With an EDMS
Reducing your company’s use of paper helps to prevent deforestation and reduces the energy used to convert a tree to printing paper. It’s also important to acknowledge that the life cycle of paper often ends in landfills. Going paperless is better for the environment, and a document management system allows you to easily achieve this goal.
Here’s how you can go green with an EDMS system.
Better print management – By reducing how much printing your company does, it’s possible to cut costs and better manage your data. It’s often unnecessary to print documents for internal use. Moving to an EDMS system means documents can be accessed and shared more easily on the cloud, which helps to reduce unnecessary printing.
Reduce waste – Where does all the paper you print end up? Most office waste ends up in landfills, and paper waste is no exception. An EDMS system allows you to easily manage your company’s paper output, reducing your business’s environmental impact. Better print management also means cutting down on how much ink or toner and electricity your business uses. Considering toner cartridges can take 1000 years to decompose, saving on printing can have a significant impact on the environment.
Digitize Your Paper Processes and Improve Business Sustainability
As Earth Day approaches on April 22nd, it’s important to recognize the harm humans are capable of causing to the natural environment in order to take the necessary measures to offset it. By adopting greener business practices with document management, you can contribute to a cleaner, healthier environment and save money in the process.