To what degree are non-profit organizations environmentally responsible?
I was recently at a meeting with a number executive directors and senior managers from prominent non-profit organizations none of which are specifically environmental groups.
I was surprised to learn that most of these organizations dont yet have environmental policies in place. While the environmental impact of a purely administrative organization is obviously less than a manufacturer it can and should be quantified and reduced wherever possible.
Reducing environmental impact has become one of the defining issues of our time and corporations (even those that are largely administrative such as FIs) have taken steps to measure and improve their performance in this area. They are also making environmental responsibility a KPI for their suppliers.
Non-profits who are interested in building relationships with corporations should know that demonstrating their actions to minimize environmental impact is becoming important criteria to potential corporate partners.