Business Action on Clean Air is an information hub for people working in business, who want to learn how their company and wider industry contributes to air pollution, and the steps that can be taken to understand and address the issue.
Why should businesses be concerned about air pollution?
Reducing air pollution is good for business because ultimately it is good for people’s health and the environment.
The World Health Organization and the Health Effects Institute are unequivocal in stating that harmful air pollution, even at low concentrations, kills.
Companies that consider how their business is contributing to adverse air pollution will be asserting their corporate responsibility to respect the right to a clean and healthy environment.
By pursuing a clean air agenda, companies can deliver on several sustainability, stakeholder engagement, and HR objectives. As employers, companies, large and small, have a duty of care to the health and safety of their employees while at work. This includes the air their workers’ breathe, especially, indoor air. This is a material issue for business and is set to become a more significant boardroom issue in years to come. The coronavirus outbreaks during 2020 in manufacturing factories in the UK and abroad, illustrates the lack of consideration held by some employers of their responsibility to ensure indoor air pollution affecting their workers is adequately addressed.
However, while businesses may view addressing air pollution as part of their risk management approach to business, there are numerous opportunities to be gained by addressing air quality within the workplace and wider operations.
In tackling air pollution, synergies with corporate efforts to address climate change and attempts to meet net zero will be born, as well as generating cost savings, and providing another lens to pursue innovative new ways of working, which will be cleaner and greener. Such progressive actions will all chime with potential new recruits, customers and investors, demonstrating that such companies are progressive, future-thinking, and part of the solution to the global air pollution crisis.
Acting on air pollution will have tangible positive benefits to people’s health and the environment immediately, so proactive corporate action is needed now to ensure the air we breathe is cleaner and better for us and future generations.
More information, on why businesses should act on air pollution:
How your business can take action on air pollution
At Global Action Plan, we work with companies committed to thinking and taking action on air pollution. We do this through two main initiatives:
Business for Clean Air, a principles-based initiative open to any company of any size, committed to taking action to address air pollution.
Business Clean Air Taskforce, a business leadership group, bringing together companies that champion clean air in their business and throughout their supply chain.
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