14 Feb The link between businesses and air quality
In short, air quality is how polluted the air and atmosphere are, both indoors and outdoors, and this should matter to businesses and their owners.
What is air quality and why should it matter to a business owner? These are actually very loaded questions so let’s begin with air quality and what it is. Air quality is how polluted (or not) the air and atmosphere are. This can be both indoors and outdoors. There are a wide variety of factors that contribute to air quality and there are many pollutants which can “dirty” our air. Outdoors, emissions from vehicles, factories and more can cause air pollution. Indoors, everything from bad plumbing to chemicals in carpeting or paint can cause poor air quality.
Why is it important for a business owner to consider air quality? Well, for one thing, people can become ill and eventually die from being exposed to poor quality air. It can literally kill a person to spend too much time in an office or other space where the construction codes have not been met for air quality and safety. Moreover, pollution outdoors can lead to cancer, heart disease and eventually death. This is common in many countries like India or China where air quality is very poor.
As a corporate business, it is your responsibility to create a safe work environment as well as be aware of your own effects on the environment. This all ties into corporate social responsibility and the “3 P’s” (People, Planet and Profit) which require that businesses have a heart and a conscious when it comes to their practices
Additionally, each business cannot exist without the planet we live on, so it is in their best interest to take measures not to harm it. If it cuts into a business’ bottom line, for example, to use recycled packaging then it is still that business’ responsibility to do so in order to be socially responsible. While initially, this may look like a loss, in the long run, it can increase customer loyalty, staff support and productivity.