The Award Winning Carbon Reduction Programme for SME's

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The story so far


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To date, the So-Go-Eco programme has saved over 515 tonnes of CO2 equivalent, translating to cost savings of over £190,850. For this, the scheme has been gaining increasing recognition in terms of awards and acknowledgement. Yet how has a scheme designed specifically for SMEs managed to become so successful?

Well, with the increasing pressures affecting SMEs such as tight margins and rising competition, we at Office Friendly Dealer Association decided to see how we could develop the support that we offered to our 175 members within the office supplies industry.

Environmental performance has become a crucial differentiator in the industry, yet our members had little experience or knowledge of addressing this independently. To tackle the issues facing our members in terms of narrowing margins and favouritism towards environmentally responsible businesses, we launched the So-Go-Eco programme in 2008.

To develop the programme, we collaborated with Carbon Smart to create a scheme with its own individual brand, delivery team and profile. Our expertise of working with small and medium size businesses within the office products industry allowed for a practical, low-cost programme which fits and complements the way a company does business, rather than hindering it.

The So-Go-Eco scheme has provided on and off site training, site assessments, environmental policies, action plans and new ranges of environmental products under a well-known brand that is used daily by our members. We have formed close relationships with participants of the programme and helped them to successfully claim new tenders and retain old ones, thanks directly to the environmental policies they had put in place.

With many participating businesses having now become Gold Certified for outstanding environmental performance, we have decided to expand the scheme beyond the present scope.



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