When Newsweek released its most recent list of the greenest American corporations, well-known names like Coca-Cola and Johnson & Johnson headlined the lineup of environmentally friendly candidates. To be green, companies must commit wholeheartedly to not only incorporating natural resources stewardship into their own practices and output, but also to working with like-minded vendors.

What these organizations have in common is that they did their due diligence to find the right partners for every action they took. Your business can follow suit if you’re willing to strategically consider every relationship to see whether it meets — or exceeds — your own firm’s green standards. Follow these steps to streamline the process:

1. Separate the real from the rest. Check out possible partners’ and vendors’ certifications as well as eco-related credentials.
2. Make changes around the office. As the U.S. Department of Energy notes, you could cut utility bills significantly by just sealing places with cracks. Encourage employees and departments to suggest ideas that could help their environment become sustainable and healthier.
3. Understand that green products don’t equate to green companies. Sure, a company sells a “green” product, but is it all lip service? A great example of this is a chemical supplier that sells a greener version of its top cleaning product. Though it’s a step in the right direction, it doesn’t mean it’s converted its buildings to use less water or switched to LED lights.

Read the full article about the partners you need to trust to go green by Stephen Lewis from milliCare at TriplePundit.