The majority of the services we receive from our governments, health care providers, banks, etc. are configured for financial efficiency (saving money or making it). As such, the inclusion of sustainability obligations or awareness of the ecological footprint of the services they provide is a rare feature for Australia's service providers. How do we shift this?
Wading through the ‘green wash’ to find service providers whose pro-environmental behaviour goes deeper than their marketing department can be a challenge.
Your investments may fund activities that are not sustainable and may be contrary to your ethics. Money talks, what is yours saying?
Most service provision, like most economic activity, consumes natural resources with little or no recognition of their value or mind to their replacement. Offices, shops and call centres all consume power, resources, and human capital and can often be reorganised to function in a more sustainable manner. As with goods,
it falls to the consumer to exercise environmentally conscious consumption to drive service organisations to contemplate and address their inherent responsibility for environmental sustainability.
The relationships, conversations and experiences we have when receiving services can have a huge impact on our wellbeing (for example, aged care services). As we are working to reduce our ecological footprint and improve our wellbeing, opportunities to employ, work with and support like-minded people and organisations is a rare inspiration that can only drive further success...