How to reduce your company’s carbon footprint

While driving sales with Canon MSPs


Sustainability isn’t a buzzword

Sustainability isn’t a buzzword

In recent years we’ve seen a growing trend towards eco-consciousness worldwide – and not just for the individual. Indeed, global organizations are reevaluating their traditional business practices and looking at new ways to reduce their carbon footprint.

Swedish furniture-maker IKEA, for example, sources half of its wood supplies from sustainable foresters and 100% of its cotton supplies now meet ‘Better Cotton’ standards. Unilever has spent the past decade redefining how it disposes of waste, winning a ‘Champion of the Earth’ award from the United Nations in 2015. And even technology giants like IBM are investing in smart buildings that focus on reducing environmental-resource demands.

With so many major corporations and industry leaders investing in eco-conscious business practices, the reality is clear: sustainability is no longer a buzzword. On the contrary, organizations that don’t invest in green initiatives run the risk of not only alienating new audiences – in particular, younger generations with a stake in the future of an environmentally responsible planet – but also diminishing their brand value, driving away potential business partners and investors.

When the result of doing nothing leads to a worse financial margin, there’s no excuse for failing to invest in sustainability. So what can organizations in the print industry do to reduce their carbon footprint?

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The future of ethical print technology

The future of ethical print technology

The environmental revolution has spread to all corners of the globe, and the printing industry is in a remarkable position to leverage this cause for greater social good. The Middle East is by no means exempt. In fact, with the total value of the region’s printing market estimated to be worth more than $20 billion in 2018, according to the Smithers Pira report, The Future of Global Printing to 2022, the Middle East can play a vital role in the future of ethical printing. And it’s not only traditional print products that can adopt greener practices, with the study revealing the printing volume by product type (% share) as:

  • Newspapers – 26.8%
  • Packaging – 21.3%
  • Advertising – 17.1%
  • Commercial printing – 12.4%
  • Books – 6.6%
  • Labels – 2.0%

The bottom line is this: organizations that embrace sustainable print practices can lead to direct growth. By reducing their carbon footprint, they can not only save on traditional, labor- and time-intensive practices, but also drive sales by promoting their eco-conscious operations.

There’s a wide variety of green examples that can be employed by printing operations, from the left-of-center initiatives like soy and vegetable-based inks, to responsible paper sourcing (e.g. shipping products with hybrid fleets; telecommuting employees; renewable energy powering factories, etc.). Then there’s the popular choice of becoming overall more energy efficient with machinery, appliances and more.

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Embrace sustainability with Canon

Embrace sustainability with Canon

When it comes to deploying a comprehensive sustainability solution, you need a provider who understands your specific environmental goals and how you want to shift to greener business practices.

With Canon’s Managed Print Services (MPS), you can gain benefits that go above and beyond a reduced carbon footprint. Canon can manage complex printing operations that are spread across multiple sites and print rooms – these are oversight activities that typically slow down your productivity and subsequently your profitability.

In addition to offering optimized technologies – both hardware and software – that can reduce an organization’s waste, energy and paper consumption, Managed Print Services ease the burden on IT staff, save the company money by analyzing their printing habits and offering a more cost-effective solution, and audit their security levels to plug any gaps and therefore prevent future data breaches.

When it comes to something as pervasive and significant as the environment, it pays to take any eco-conscious overhaul seriously. That’s why the experts can help reduce your carbon footprint while saving you money – offering sustainability and profitability at the same time.

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