How to choose the right outsourcing partner for your green project?
The more specific an IT project is, the more difficult it is to select the right outsourcing company to run it. This is no different when it comes to environmentally-friendly initiatives. After all, green projects require quite a few different skill sets and a broad spectrum of knowledge, even in the field of law and regulations.
But before we cut to the chase, let’s see what exactly green projects are and why they are so important nowadays. (If you’re already well-versed in the green economy, you can skip this part and jump straight into the next section.)
Green projects – what they’re all about
Green projects don’t just revolve around money. First and foremost, they positively affect the world that we live in by contributing (either directly or indirectly) to the reduction of fossil fuel consumption, air pollution, water pollution, etc. The experts behind these environmentally-friendly initiatives put people and nature first.
While this may sound like the ideal solution, it doesn’t necessarily seem like it would be financially beneficial, does it? Well, nothing could be farther from the truth, since green projects actually pay off on many different levels.
So, why are green projects so important for businesses as well as modern-day societies?
- Adjustments to legal regulations – governments across the world are encouraging (or sometimes even forcing) companies to reduce their CO2 emissions by setting certain limits. In addition to this, public institutions are often offering subsidies for companies that invest in ecological solutions.
- Brand image – it’s quite fashionable to go green! Especially when users are now opting for more sustainable and socially responsible solutions.
- Innovation – innovative and environmentally-friendly solutions require using the latest technologies, so joining the “green revolution” may lead to achieving a competitive advantage.
- New sources of revenue – opening up new streams of revenue is directly associated with better risk management and, obviously, higher profitability.
- Employee satisfaction – developers (and other team members, too!) enjoy working on interesting and challenging initiatives. These projects often increase their engagement and job satisfaction, leading to improved work efficiency.
- Environmental impact – green projects simply make the world a better place – by making it more healthy, cleaner, and more beautiful too.
As you can see, investing in green projects can be quite profitable. However, in order to maximise benefits, these projects should be run in collaboration with the right people. An environmentally responsible and experienced IT partner may be the best option for this – they just need to be carefully selected, according to your needs and requirements.
How to choose a good partner for your green project?
There are a few things that you should pay attention to:
- Competencies and experience – your partner not only needs to have the knowledge and skills required to develop a green solution in certain technologies but also be sufficiently experienced. This combination will allow them to smoothly guide you through the project and be there to advise you, whenever needed.
- Corporate mission – it is pretty important to get to know the company’s mission statement and ethical strategy, which very often reflect their approach to the environment.
- Environmentally-friendly initiatives – the theory is great, but the practice is better. That’s why it is so important to check out what the company claims to be doing and what they are actually doing. For example, at Future Processing, we’ve actively participated in collecting rubbish near the airport and have also made donations to charitable organisations like the Bubble Barrier.
- Good corporate practices – good internal rules and practices are equally important because they apply to everyone – from junior specialists to c-level executives. They also tell us a lot about the company’s corporate culture and priorities, what they value the most and how socially responsible they really are on a daily basis. You may want to look into:
- their energy and water saving practices,
- whether they have parking spots for bicycles and chargers for electric cars,
- if they aim to reduce their paper usage by switching to electronic documents,
- whether they bother to reduce, reuse and recycle rubbish,
- if they offer meat-free options in the office canteen, etc.
It is always the sum of all the bigger and smaller things together that really makes a difference. If you really want to develop a green solution – starting with a good background check on your shortlisted companies is key to success.
And sooner or later, this is something that you will need to think about because the global trends are evident.
Global green trends
Recently, an increasing number of countries have begun to set some serious climate-neutral targets, with the most economically powerful ones committing to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 or 2060.
New regulations and recommendations will soon force many more companies to double their efforts to join this global ‘green revolution’. This will be associated with:
- investing in green technologies, such as zero emission vehicles and making bicycles more available within public transportation,
- decarbonising the energy sector,
- building environmentally-friendly houses,
- investing in carbon capture, usage and storage,
- protecting our natural environment.
These changes have been visible in countries all around the world – such as within the European Union, the UK, the USA, and China, etc. You can’t escape it – which is why the sooner you decide to invest in green corporate infrastructure and technologies, the better.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you are:
- interested in switching to environmentally-friendly technologies,
- looking for new sources of revenue,
- considering going green but don’t know where to start,
- curious but sceptical or lost in the new green regulations.
We’ll be happy to help, so that you can benefit from our experience and expertise!