WWF Green Office guides your workplace to function sustainably. With the tools, you can easily find out the environmental impacts of your office.
You will get an assessment of your current situation, information about what should be changed and instructions for the next steps. Together, we can build an environmental management system that suits the needs of your organisation. With it, you can reduce the carbon footprint of the office, use natural resources wisely and protect biodiversity.
Green Office is suited for companies, the public sector and NGOs, and it can be scaled easily to small and big workplaces.
WWF is your expert partner in sustainability. You will not need environmental expertise of your own; being prepared to act for nature is enough.
Sustainability is an important competitive asset. Customers, stakeholders, employees and job applicants want to hear how sustainability has been included in the day-to-day life of your organisation.
With a Green Office certificate, you can prove that your organisation takes environmental matters into account in its premises, decisions and operations. Audits and annual Green Office reporting encourage setting objectives, measuring results and achieving improvements.
At Green Offices, the entire work community is guided to act in an environmentally responsible way. The environmental management system pays attention to matters such as travel, energy consumption, recycling and sorting of waste, sustainable procurement and food choices. A sustainability mindset is incorporated into day-to-day life.
In addition to earning a livelihood, many people want relevance from their work and want to work in an organisation with values aligned to their own. At a Green Office, employees can make a difference and act ecologically also at the workplace. This way, Green Office also influences the employee experience and employer image.
Green Office network
Green Office is already present in the day-to-day lives of approximately 80,000 employees. In addition to Finland, there are local Green Office networks in Latvia, Pakistan and Turkey.
Green Office network in Finland (figures: July 2018)
- 143 organisations with a total of 382 offices
- 59,000 employees
Green Office network in other countries (figures: May 2018)
- 108 organisations with a total of 119 offices
- 21,000 employees
Your workday has impacts on nature. Fortunately, there are abundant opportunities to promote sustainability at the workplace and make choices that appreciate the environment.
Green Office work is guided through seven themes. Together, we will assess which measures will have the biggest impact at your workplace and effectively reduce ecological footprint.
Committing the management to environmental issues is the starting point of Green Office activities. This ensures adequate resources for promoting environmental issues.
Communications and engagement
With regular communication, you can guide your work community to implement the Green Office practices. For engaging the personnel, there are ready campaign materials available, for example. By using the Green Office logo in communications and marketing, you can ensure that the environmental management system provides your brand with the maximum benefit.
Energy and water
Energy consumption usually accounts for the biggest share of the environmental impacts of an office. Green Office will teach you how to improve your property’s energy efficiency, reduce electricity consumption and take the origin of energy into account.
Green Office encourages selecting responsible products and partners and replace disposable products with non-disposable ones. By making wise procurement decisions, you can make the market more sustainable and reduce overconsumption and waste.
Recycling, sorting and cleaning
By recycling, you can help to reuse existing material, thereby reducing the overconsumption of natural resources. Green Offices sort all waste and select a sustainable cleaning partner.
Travel often causes a big share of the emissions of an office. Green Office encourages preparing sustainable travel policies for work-related travel and ensuring that remote meeting practices are in order and telecommuting is possible without complications.
Vegetarian food has lower environmental impacts than meat and dairy products almost without exception. Green Office encourages increasing plant-based food in workplace catering, events and the breakroom and to prefer sustainable actors.
7 steps of becoming a Green Office
1. Contact us
We will help you get started! The journey into a Green Office starts by making a Green Office cooperation agreement with WWF. Contact our Partnership Manager Mikko Kuiri.
2. Gather a team
Establish a Green Office team and choose a Green Office contact person. WWF will provide you with support and tangible advice on starting your environmental work.
3. Assess the baseline situation and prepare an environmental programme
With the Green Office tools, you can easily find out what causes the biggest environmental impacts at your workplace. Set targets and plan actions for the first year. With the support provided by WWF, you can also succeed without in-house environmental expertise.
4. Incorporate environmental efforts into day-to-day life
After joining, your organisation will have one year to build an environmental management system for the office. WWF’s expertise and Green Office tools will help you forward. Spread the message of Green Office throughout the work community and embed environmentally-friendly practices in day-to-day life at the workplace.
5. Certify your office
Once your environmental management system is complete, a WWF specialist will audit your office. Once you pass the audit, you will receive the Green Office certificate that you can use in communications and marketing.
6. Report annually
Green Office -certified organisations report on their achievements to WWF once a year. The annual reporting provides you with data about the results of your own organisation and the entire network, as well as benchmark data from different industries.
7. Develop and improve
Select the targets of your environmental programme for the following term and choose the themes in which your organisation wants to invest next. The most significant impacts are the result of long-term environmental efforts.