At BlueRock, we believe that every business, regardless of its size, can play a pivotal role in creating social impact through ethical office expenses. In this article, we explore how you can use your business purchase power for good and highlight some inspiring examples of ethical shopping choices we've made at BlueRock.
At BlueRock, we buy fresh fruit for our offices from Fruit2Work, a Social Enterprise and Registered Charity that delivers fresh fruit and milk to Melbourne and Geelong businesses. Our buying power not only provides our team with deliciously healthy fruit but also helps keep people out of the justice system by offering them real employment opportunities.
Fruit2Work is a Social Traders certified social enterprise, making it a reliable source for ethically sourced goods. By partnering with businesses like Fruit2Work, we contribute to a social cause while enjoying the benefits of fresh, nutritious fruit. This win-win approach allows us to use our office expenses to create a meaningful impact on society.
We’re proud to use our spending power to get our coffee fix from ethical, B Corp certified and carbon-neutral coffee machines! By sourcing our coffee from Sprout, a Social Traders-certified social enterprise and Fair Trade organisation, we support sustainable coffee farming practices and promote better working conditions for coffee growers.
Saying goodbye to single-use pods and takeaway cups reduces office waste significantly. Our top tip for others looking to make a positive change is to pair their coffee machines with ethically sourced coffee beans, alternative milk options, and coffee ground composting for added goodness. By making conscious choices about your business’s coffee consumption, you can create a ripple effect of positive change in the coffee industry.
BlueRock encourages staff to embrace zero-waste lunches by using Returnr reusable bowls. These stainless steel containers replace single-use plastic lids and containers, reducing our environmental impact and promoting sustainable habits. By adopting a culture of reusing and sharing containers, we actively contribute to waste reduction and environmental preservation. You will see our teams proudly walking the streets of Melbourne’s CBD with our silver bowls! Every small step counts, and by choosing Returnr, you can align your office expenses with a commitment to a greener future.
We believe that every business expense provides an opportunity to create a positive impact on society and the environment. From toilet paper and handwash to coffee, catering, postage satchels, and carbon offset shipping, the choices are endless. No business is too small to make a difference, and it's essential not to leave the responsibility solely to the Office Manager or Procurement Team. Every employee can use their voice to stand up for change and contribute to a more sustainable world.
At BlueRock, we‘re proud to be a Certified B Corp. This certification involves a thorough audit of our company policies and practices in five key areas: governance, workers, community, the environment, and customers. By adhering to these high standards, we demonstrate our commitment to social responsibility, environmental sustainability, and ethical business practices.
Creating social impact through ethical office expenses is not just a possibility; it's a responsibility that businesses should embrace. By supporting social enterprises, reducing our carbon footprint, and making conscious choices, we can use our business purchase power for good. And if your business is ready to really step up and implement a corporate philanthropy strategy, get in touch with the philanthropy experts at the Be BlueRock Foundation.