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5 Ways to Engage Green Customers with Your Green Business
Small business owners face many challenges, but we don't stay in business long without finding green customers to purchase our positive product or service. A 2009 Edelman survey found that 83 percent of consumers would change their consumption habits if it could help make the world a better place to live – and 61 percent of people have chosen to buy a brand that supports a good cause even if it wasn't the cheapest one. So, how to connect with these consumers?
1) Partner up with a green non-profit
What kinds of joint projects will benefit the community you live in and benefit both partner organizations? Can you set-up a joint internship program or youth training events? For instance, if you sell coffee, you could pair with a local fair trade group to teach students about supply chains and coffee growing conditions.
3) Invite customers into your creative design process
4) Use social media to increase your transparency
5) Ask your customers for help to green your business
In his book, "We First", Simon Mainwaring advocates for a “We First” economy. Unlike the current economy, the "We First" economy “is a comprehensive system of mindful consumerism in which every single transaction for products and services would include a contribution toward building a better world,” Can you imagine what the world will look like when we get there?
~ by Sarah Manski for PosiPlanet, the blog of the founders of PosiPair.com
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The "fair for life - Social & FairTrade certified by IMO" certification seal guarantees that the production complies at all stages with the social responsibility as well as fairtrade criteria of the Fair for Life Social & FairTrade Certification Programme.All certified companies must comply with a comprehensive set of environmental criteria: Important aspects of water conservation, energy management and climate change, ecosystem management and waste management are controlled during the annual audits. Certified companies must not be engaged in habitat destruction and should work on continuous improvement of their energy use. Operators are encouraged to perform beyond minimum requirements by e.g. engaging in conservation programmes in their vicinity or elsewhere. All operations have to be certified according to an acknowledged organic or ecological minimum standard, e.g. Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS), FSC, GlobalGAP, Utz Certified. Operations that are not certified according to one of these standards must fulfil the additional Integrated Production Criteria which constitute separate documents and are industry specific.