Your sustainable business starts here

The Planet Mark™ Start! Programme

Our programme will give you a clear understanding of the business benefits of sustainability and provide you with the tools, resources and support to take action and ensure your business or business idea is fit for the future.

Stage One

  • A ‘temperature check’ of how your business or business idea is performing across key sustainability indicators using our easy-to-use Start! Wizard.
  • A three-hour workshop tailored to your business sector and delivered locally to you. The workshop will:
    • help you create a sustainability plan specific to your needs
    • show you how to put your plan into action simply and effectively
    • advise you on marketing and communicating your achievements to benefit your brand and business growth

Get your sustainability impacts report with The Planet Mark™ Start! Tool

What you get at a glance

  • Personal report outlining the sustainability impacts of your business
  • 3-hour workshop of expert business sustainability advice
  • Sustainability plan for your business and supporting toolkits
  • Marketing and communication support

Stage Two

The Planet Mark™ Start! Certificate

Once you have completed Stage One of our programme you will be ready to receive The Planet Mark™ Start! Certificate of achievement.

All you need to do to be awarded our certificate will be to tell us what first steps you have taken to action your sustainability plan. You can do this by contacting us directly to tell us about your actions and or by communicating this through social media using photos, policies and evidence of your commitments in action.

What are the benefits of certification?

Being awarded The Planet Mark™ Start! Certificate will show you have completed the programme in full and will demonstrate your commitment to business sustainability to your employees, customers, suppliers and your stakeholders.

You will be able to display your certificate on your website and in public places, knowing it has been awarded to you by a third party of sustainability certification experts and helping you to communicate your commitment to sustainability.

What you get at a glance

The Planet Mark Start! Certificate
  1. You will receive The Planet Mark Start! Certificate.
  2. Send us details of your sustainability action or share details of your sustainability initiatives through social media.

Stage Three

For small businesses only.

Once you have completed Stage One of our programme, you will have the opportunity to take up further one-to-one support:

Your free support will include:

  • An in-depth 3-hour sustainability workshop run by our business sustainability experts from The Planet Mark™.

What will you get?

  • Advice and tools on how to start measuring your carbon footprint
  • Advice and resources on how to engage your employees and stakeholders
  • Advice and guidance on how to communicate your achievements effectively.

Sign up here for our one-to-one support 

What you get at a glance

Organisations certified to The Planet MarkTM are achieving outstanding results. On average, holders of to The Planet MarkTM cut their carbon emissions by 10% per employee per year. This equates to around £100 cost saving per employee per year.

Our expert workshops will help you get the business benefits of sustainability, from cost saving to attracting and retaining customers.

What people have to say about The Planet Mark™ programme

“The Planet Mark™ has helped us save money and also helped us be more competitive,”
– Jason Cotterrell, Commercial Director, Exterion Media

 “Our engagement with The Planet Mark™ has enabled us to really progress in reducing our carbon footprint and becoming more resource efficient along with delivering real cost savings, which all support out sustainability agenda.”
– Paul Cook, New Business Director, Higgins Group

“The Planet Mark™ helps us manage risk and work more transparently, giving our customers confidence.”
– John Glover, CEO, Bywaters

Business benefits of sustainability

Doing the right thing is good for business – and the earlier you integrate sustainability into your business the sooner your will reap the rewards.

Here are some of business benefits of sustainability that any business, what its size, or stage of development can expect:

  • Winning new business by marketing your sustainability actions and impacts
  • Cost savings through resource and energy efficiencies
  • Risk management by ensuring your business is fit for the future
  • Engaging your employers through social and environmental actions
  • Attracting talent by showing you are a responsible brand/business
  • Reputational enhancement by showing you are a business that cares.
The Planet Mark Start! Certificate

The Planet Mark Start! Certificate