MISUMI is excited to announce our partnership with the Illinois Green Business Association to achieve Green Certification for our Illinois facilities!
Illinois Green Business Association
The Illinois Green Business Association (IGBA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that helps businesses integrate green practices through education and engagement, causing a business to find profitability in sustainability. Their vision is that a sustainable business culture is the standard practice of economic activity. Companies, communities, and consumers thrive through healthy, mutually beneficial relationships.
The Illinois Green Business Association (IGBA) originally started as a student organization at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2008, the Illinois Green Business Association became incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and the staff of three found a home in One Main Development in downtown Champaign, and partners in Busey and The University of Illinois Office of Public Engagement.
The Illinois Green Business Certification program is a verifiable framework that helps businesses determine best green practice opportunities to save money, reduce waste, and increase efficiency.
While the Green Business Certification program touches on some building attributes, it focuses on opportunities inside the building – the operations of the business. The program is designed to identify savings, engage staff in green practices, and increase operational efficiency – helping your business keep more money in its pockets every day.
The Illinois Green Business Association ranked the #2 most-trustworthy green certification in the nation by GreenBiz.com.
Why Seek Green Certification?
Sustainable innovation in business operations has moved to the forefront of the world’s more successful corporations with over 72% of the S&P 500 businesses issuing yearly sustainability reports. These well-resourced businesses clearly predict that only those who retool their operations in support of a sustainable business model will fully flourish in the years ahead.
When a company decides to make greener choices, there are a wide variety of benefits.
- We reduce operating costs through efficient, practical green practices.
- We can credibly market your business as green through vetted standards and third party verification of our business’ green practices.
- We engage employees in green practices, increasing operational efficiency, while also encouraging them to consider greener choices in their daily lives.
- We commit to being a sustainable leader in your community, helping our customers understand how green practices can help them too!
MISUMI began pursuing our Green Certification in April of 2019. In 24 months, we achieved certification for both of our Illinois facilities. Sifting through over 200 requirements per facility, we worked together with the Illinois Green Business Association to implement green changes throughout our company.
- We received an assessment from our energy provider to discover what equipment we can improve for more efficient energy usage. We also record our energy bills to identify any potential spikes in usage.
- We reuse packing material and paper products in both of our facilities, but this is especially important in our warehouse, where we reuse incoming packing material for our outgoing shipments to reduce waste that we might otherwise produce.
- We conducted a green purchasing assessment that identifies critical areas for improvement.
- We reuse, recycle, or donate any items that can be reused, such as office supplies, decorations, and pallets.
- We implemented 5 paper reducing practices, which decreased or eliminated the use of paper for employee performance reviews, purchasing,
- We publicly post our practices for employees to see, and we encourage our coworkers to keep us accountable in our green practices.
- We offer telecommuting opportunities so employees can avoid unnecessary or heavy traffic commutes.
- We encourage water conservation in both facilities, requesting that employees report any leaks so they can be addressed immediately.
- We designate time at staff meetings or other employee gatherings to cover new and existing environmental efforts.
How do I become a Green Business?
The Illinois Green Business Association is part of a national network of green business programs. Please visit gbenn.org/ to see if your state offers a Green Certification!