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Social Impact of Your Business

A few weeks ago Jeff Bezos topped Forbes' billionaires list. Yet in April 2018, Amazon was listed on the US National Council for Occupational Safety and Health's Dirty Dozen list for having dangerous working conditions. At what point do businesses and business owners stop being responsible for the imprint they leave on their employees and the environment?

As a business owner, I understand the importance of maximizing your revenue and minimizing expenses but at what cost? Where do you draw the line?

I'd like to think that we don't have to choose one extreme over the other. I believe any time you have an opportunity to make an impact and it's feasible, you should take it. Recently, I had to order business cards and realized just how many options are out there. I'll be honest, it was a bit overwhelming. There are so many sizes, colors and types of material. And then I came across business cards made from 100% recycled T-shirts. The handy holder comes with a label that says 100% cotton and I found it's also a great conversation starter. (Unexpected Bonus!)

Photo by Rags to Riches Consulting

While it's a very small impact on the tree cutting business, it's still something. Especially when it comes to something like business cards, how many business cards do you throw out a month? To use recycled material for something that will shortly end up in someone's trash just made more sense.

What are your thoughts on businesses and their impact on society and the environment?

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