It's no question that sustainable initiatives within the workplace are great for business. 

A study conducted by researchers at UCLA discovered that employees of companies that adopt sustainable practices are 16% more productive.

So, if you're ready to create a more environmentally responsible workplace but aren't sure where to start, here are a few things you can work on right now.

Incorporate sustainability into daily operations:

More and more successful companies are investing in environmental stewardship initiatives. For example, companies like Apple and Ikea have gone above and beyond to find environmentally friendly alternatives to unsustainable business practices.

Apple is committed to using green energy in order to power its manufacturing plants, and Ikea is using ocean-bound plastics, as well as bamboo to make their products.

Analyze your supply chain to determine where your company might be able to follow their lead.

Make small but powerful changes in the office:

One easy but often missed tactic to incorporate sustainability into the office is encouraging employees to recycle and making it easy for them to do.

Set recycling goals for your team, and another small change you can include in the office is to replace the light bulbs in your office to LEDs, which use significantly less energy and last 10 times longer than halogen or incandescent light bulbs.

Promoting sustainable practices might not impact your bottom line right away, but sticking to them over the long term will be great for business.