UK firms investing in offsite backup and document scanning services in order to ensure they have all their important information stored electronically in more than one place will see more than one benefit.
Aside from the obvious safety of having data backed up elsewhere, starting a process whereby everything is stored electronically should help to reduce paper usage and therefore cut the company’s environmental impact.
This, according to LittleGreenBlog.com, is becoming increasingly important to a number of businesses in the UK and around the world.
The blog’s founder, who goes by the pseudonym Mrs Green, explained that there are a number of reasons for the growing emphasis enterprises are placing on being more eco-friendly.
"There are many reasons for companies to focus on becoming greener. As a society, we need to preserve the world’s natural resources – whether at home or work," she said.
"Consumers are now realising the importance of voting with their money and many people want to support companies who are making inroads to be ethical and environmentally focused. By putting together green policies, consumers will learn to trust you and become loyal consumers."
The mysterious blogger added that savvy bosses are realising that there are many benefits to becoming more environmentally aware and marketing yourself as such.
"As a business decision, it makes sense to be greener – it’s better for your bottom line, due to the savings you can make – ranging from simple ones such as printing on both sides of the paper to installing energy-efficient lighting and adopting a ‘computer off’ policy in the offices," she said.
Meanwhile, Return on IT recently claimed that firms should ensure they strike a balance between environmental responsibility and performance.
This could mean managing the changeover to online or offsite records storage carefully to ensure that production is not compromised during the work.