What are the benefits of making a Pledge?

The Government has estimated that UK businesses could save £55 billion a year by taking simple, cost effective actions to improve their resource efficiency* and each Pledge is designed to help you tap into this opportunity. Making simple changes to reduce the use of energy, water or materials in your day-to-day operations can make a big difference to your business - just take a look at our case studies to see how improved resource efficiency can help to boost your bottom line, win sales and create jobs.

But it doesn't stop there - making a Pledge also helps you to stand out from the competition by sending a message to your stakeholders, customers and suppliers that you are taking action to become a cleaner and greener company. We'll help you to promote your achievements:

  • Promotional icon to display on your website and print materials

  • Certificate to display in your premises

  • Feature on our online list of Pledge signatories

  • Promotion via social media for Greater Manchester SMEs

  • SMEs in Greater Manchester may also qualify for:

Who can make a Pledge?

The Pledge is a free platform that can be used by any business that wants to become a cleaner and greener company, no matter what size, sector or location. There's something for every business, with over 50 different Pledges to choose from across 14 different categories:

  • Environmental Policy & Management Systems

  • Utilities management

  • Heating & Cooling

  • Lighting, Fuel Use

  • Water Use

  • Products & Packaging

  • Production Processes

  • Pollution Prevention

  • In The Office

  • Buying Green

  • Waste and Recycling

  • Managing Risk

  • Renewable Energy Generation

How do I make a Pledge?

Signing up is a quick and easy two-step process.

  1. Simply provide some basic information about you and your business. If you are already signed up to our Green Intelligence newsletter or our Low Carbon Network, the system can automatically populate your details using your email address.

  2. Choose which Pledge(s) you'd like to commit to. You can pick as few or as many Pledges as you like, and you can always come back later to make new ones.

Click here to sign up.

Can I use the Green Growth Pledge to promote things I have already done?

Yes. You can tell us which actions you've already implemented previously by selecting "Done" instead of "Pledge". This helps you to shout about all the great things you have already done to make your business cleaner and greener.

Is there a time limit on achieving my Pledge?

No. We'll email you every few months to check up on how you are getting on, but the sooner you achieve your Pledge, the sooner you can reap the cost-saving benefits of taking action.

What support can I get to help me achieve my Pledges?

  • Our fortnightly Green Intelligence newsletter is a great source of local information and advice on how to become more resource efficient. You can sign up for free here.

  • For simple hints and tips on energy, fuel, materials, water and waste, as well as useful links to other resources, visit our DIY page

  • If you are an SME in Greater Manchester, you could qualify for bespoke 1-2-1 support from one of our expert resource efficiency advisors. Click here for more information.

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*The Further Benefits of Resource Efficiency, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), 2011.