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Climate champions share how climate change impacts small businesses, and what you can do

Intuit® QuickBooks® is committed to leveraging our platform to connect small business owners like you with experts, advisors, and resources that help you successfully manage and grow your business.

As part of this effort, Intuit is hosting a live conversation with governmental climate champions from the United States and United Kingdom to talk about how small businesses can curb their environmental impact and how government leaders can engage small businesses on climate change. Together we can make a difference.

Join the conversation on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, at 11:30 AM EST.

Set a reminder on YouTube or  Facebook  to catch the livestream!

Climate change poses a big risk to small businesses

You know that reducing your business’s carbon footprint is important. So you recycle, you reduce paper processes, and you opt for LED light bulbs over fluorescent lights.

But you also know that changing the world is going to take a lot more than changing a lightbulb. And changing the world can be a daunting prospect. How can your small business contribute to such a big change?

Small and medium-sized businesses represent 90% of businesses around the world–which means that small businesses like yours play a critical role in combating climate change. But it also means that small businesses face some of the biggest threats from the climate crisis.

At our current trajectory, climate change poses a real risk to small business cash flow and growth by increasing operating costs, limiting resources, shifting demand, disrupting supply chains, and even forcing business closures.

On the flip side, businesses that strive to improve the planet improve efficiency, reduce operating costs, and build a strong brand reputation. In fact, 81% of consumers say that trusting brands to “do what is right” is a top buying criteria.

Small businesses have the power to make a big impact

So, you’re right, changing one light bulb won’t change the world. But if every small business around the globe switched to LED lighting we could save 348 terawatt-hours of electricity, equivalent to the output of 44 large electric power plants, saving more than $30 billion by 2027, according to the US Energy Department.

It’s one small step for your small business, but a huge leap towards reducing energy consumption and electricity costs around the world. The point is this: Together, small businesses have the power to make a big impact in the fight against climate change.

By investing in sustainable packaging, building a more sustainable supply chain, and reducing the energy it takes to keep the lights on (literally), your small business can take a big step towards creating climate-positive change.

Join the small business community in the Race to Zero by committing to take action today.

Intuit QuickBooks commits to climate positivity

If global warming continues at its current rate, we will see irreversible damage by 2030. For this reason and more, Intuit QuickBooks has committed to helping small businesses around the world take their first steps towards climate positivity.

Join us on September 8, 2021, at 11:30 AM EST for a livestream conversation with global climate champions as they discuss the impact of climate change on small businesses and share their advice and resources for adopting sustainable business practices.

Be sure to set a reminder on YouTube or Facebook so you don’t miss out!

Speakers include Andrew Griffith, the UK’s Net Zero Business Champion, a role that he was appointed to by the Prime Minister in 2020, and Senator Edward Markey of Massachusetts, co-author of the landmark Waxman-Markey bill, the only comprehensive climate legislation ever to pass a chamber of Congress.

These climate champions will share their insights about the impact of climate change on small businesses and how their respective governments can engage small business owners on the issue. Andrew Griffith will also answer moderated questions submitted by small business owners during the livestream.

The time to take action is now. Join the conversation and join the fight against climate change.

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