Cox Enterprises is the parent company of Cox Media Group Ohio, which operates the Dayton Daily News, Journal-News, Springfield News-Sun, WHIO-TV and WHIO radio properties.
Compared to 2015, the 2017 survey showed that there has been an increase in the number of small to medium businesses that have implemented sustainable business practices. In 2015, 62 percent of small businesses had implemented some type of company or employee-based sustainability program, and as of this year that had increased to 88 percent.
More than half of business owners who responded to the survey said their companies are either committed or very committed to increasing sustainable business practices. Just 7 percent of those surveyed said they were not committed to increasing sustainability activities.
The survey found that 63 percent of small to medium businesses feel somewhat worse or much worse about U.S. sustainability since January, while 24 percent feel about the same and 12 percent feel better.
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The Cox Conserves sustainability survey was conducted in August among a national sample of 509 “decision makers” of businesses with fewer than 1,000 employees. The survey, which was launched in 2014, is part of the Cox Enterprises commitment to conservation and sustainable business practices.
Since 2007, Cox has offset 82,000 tons of carbon, saved 57 million gallons of water through conservation and diverted 97,000 tons of waste. Cox Conserves, the company’s national sustainability program, is celebrating its tenth anniversary.