The word “sustainability” keeps evolving. At one time, it meant taking steps to protect toda
y’s natural resources so that they are available for future generations.
However, in the past few years, a new definition has advanced. Sustainability now refers to the “three pillars:” people, planet, and profits. In other words, a cleaning contractor with a sustainability program solidly in place would be one that is:
• Taking steps to make sure workers are paid fair wages and receive proper benefits; further, they are taking steps to give back to their local community
• Ensures that the products and procedures used to clean their customer’s facilities – as well as operate their own businesses – has a reduced impact on health and the environment
• Is profitable. A sustainable business must be profitable, making profits fairly and legally.
But today, a fourth “pillar” is evolving; Today, sustainability also includes efficiency. This refers to the efficient use of cleaning solutions, tools, and equipment, as well as cleaning procedures and methods.
For instance, some of the steps Secure Clean is taking to be more sustainability-focused include the following:
· Reducing the use of energy, fuel, and water, not only in our customer’s facilities, but in our own business operations as well.
· Suggesting ways our customers can reduce their own use of natural resources, paper supplies, even waste; very often, cleaning workers are more in tune with the day-to-day operations of a facility than anyone else.
· Ensure our cleaning workers are trained in state-of-the-art cleaning methods so that they can complete their tasks quickly, thoroughly, and satisfactorily.
· Use the most advanced cleaning equipment, supplies, and technologies to ensure cleaning is performed effectively and safely and is in strict compliance of all Federal, state, and local rules and regulations
· Selecting products that can be reused or recycled
· Purchase cleaning solutions in bulk sizes to reduce transport fuel needs and greenhouse gas emissions, helping to protect the environment
· Realizing that sustainability is a journey; there is no endpoint. With this in mind, we are always looking for ways we improve our cleaning services, reduce and reuse products, or eliminate the use of some products altogether.
We believe all of these steps help us ensure quality service and peace of mind for all our customers. But they do one thing more. They help us keep our costs down. These are savings we are often able to pass on to our customers, making this a win for us, the environment, and our clients.
The Secure Clean blog is designed to help building managers keep their facilities cleaner, healthier, and safer, in the most cost effective way possible. To learn more about us, please take a few minutes to explore our website at www.securecleanbsi.com, contact us here or at 888-609-1410.