Join the Making Business Greener Scheme

Join the Making Business Greener Scheme

Apply today for a free, internationally recognised, Environmental Accreditation (certified by Green Mark) by joining the Making Business Greener Scheme.

The London Borough of Richmond created the exciting Making Business Greener scheme to encourage businesses to understand and measure their carbon footprint! The aim is to help them thrive in a changing landscape while also helping them take advantage of the benefits of sustainability, such as reduced energy bills and increased engagement.

Making Business Greener Scheme

Making Business Greener is a joint initiative, launched by Richmond Council in partnership with Green Mark. It offers the opportunity for businesses to understand and improve their environmental impact, and develop a structured framework for fostering sustainable business growth.

Businesses can fully control their environmental impact through an on-site audit conducted by the Green Mark sustainability professionals, pledging to improve their sustainability, carbon calculations, and the action-driven Green Mark Accreditation program. As part of its initiatives, the council aims to provide support & establish a network of businesses working together to make the borough greener.

How to qualify

To qualify for the Making Businesses Greener Scheme your business must be an SME with five to one hundred employees. This accreditation helps businesses to:

  • Understand the environmental impacts and take easy steps to reduce their environmental impacts
  • Communicate their sustainability efforts to their customers and other key stakeholders
  • Optimise efficiency & reduce costs

With just eight to twelve hours spread over six weeks, your business will be accredited and awarded a certification pack, which includes badges and certificates that can be displayed on storefronts and websites, providing a visible and recognisable symbol of your sustainable achievements and commitment to reducing your environmental impact.

How to apply

The scheme will close for applications at the end of March, however, if demand exceeds the available funding.

Please read all the following information carefully before applying. Businesses must meet all criteria set out to qualify. Submitting an application or meeting the criteria does not guarantee acceptance into the scheme. By applying, you accept all aspects of this guidance.

Sign up to the Making Business Greener scheme 

What the process involves

The process follows the steps below:

  • Step 1 - Sign up for this scheme below and then the next steps
  • Step 2 - Once the scheme is closed and you are selected, you then gain access to the online portal where you can explore and complete user-friendly questionnaires
  • Step 3 - You can also download the: template documents, help files and guidance notes
  • Step 4 - Our sustainability team will conduct a free in-person visit to identify areas for improvement / savings
  • Step 5 - The Green Mark team during the 12-month duration of your accreditation will then be available to help you through the material to achieve your accreditation

Hear from businesses like yours

“The principles embedded in Green Mark have gone beyond mere certification; they have become instrumental in elevating employee awareness and understanding of environmental issues at Jancett Childcare and Training.” - Jancett Childcare and Training

“Utilise the Green Mark team during the scheme as they are there to assist you every step of the way to achieve your Green Mark accreditation whilst remembering not everything needs to be done in 0 to 100 miles per hour but in small steps, take your time and utilise the support” - Sound Lounge

“Green Mark Certification emerged not just as a badge but as a cornerstone for our long-term sustainability goals. It held us accountable, fostering a culture of continuous measurement and improvement.” - IQ in IT

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