Intuit Helps You Be More Green

When you signed up for Intuit GoPayment, you were probably not thinking about how the card reader is packaged. However, the Intuit product team is hard at work, offering you the most sustainable product solution. Our Intuit GoPayment boxes are made with Forest Stewardship Council-approved packaging. This means that the materials used in the box are derived from responsible sources that promote responsible forest management. No plastic. No styrofoam. Your paper box is recyclable and can be re-used or it can easily decompose, unlike its other packaging counterparts.

So, why does this matter? Every choice we make, both as a company and as a consumer, counts as a vote. This vote generates demand for a certain type of product and fuels the economy’s appetite for the process in which the product was made. By opting to use sustainable packaging materials, we are creating more demand for eco-friendly products instead of unsustainable products, such as hard plastic and styrofoam.

Going beyond the box

The GoPayment card reader box is just one of the many examples of how Intuit is considering sustainability in all of our decisions, and even in some of our products! As responsible corporate citizens, our green goals include increasing community awareness of environmental issues and solving customer problems with solutions that help lead to a sustainable community.

We’ve created apps, such as Intuit Energy Scorecard, to help you and your small business save money on energy. It allows you to compare your energy consumption to other small businesses in your industry and gives you sector-specific tips on how to lower your utility expenses. Not only does it save you money, you can decrease your carbon footprint. You can also use these green business tips for QuickBooks to make your business more environmentally conscious.

Intuit’s internal sustainability initiatives

Besides our product solutions, we practice what we preach. Intuit’s supply chain is focused on reducing waste by increasing digital product distribution. In addition, our Woodlands Hills office is powered by Bloom Energy’s biogas-generated electricity. Biogas is waste gas or methane gas that escapes into the atmosphere from landfills during the decomposition process. It’s captured in this instance and used to power fuel cells for electricity, which is a much cleaner method than burning coal for energy. Intuit’s engaging in many initiatives internally to reduce our carbon footprint.

We’re also engaging our employees and raising internal awareness about the importance of making sustainable choices every day. Our internal Green Teams are site-specific groups that advocate for more environmentally friendly lifestyles.

The future of Intuit’s corporate sustainability

Since 2007, Intuit has really focused on pursuing sustainable initiatives both in our products and within the company. We acknowledge that we have a lot of room to grow, but we’re not afraid to admit this and work with you, small businesses, to create lasting change. As a small business, you are the backbone of America’s economy. Intuit hopes to work with you in order to build a more sustainable community.

When you look at the big picture, it’s not just a recyclable box we’re talking about. It’s about the future of our community and how each consumption choice we make as a business matters.

About Alice Chang

Alice Chang is a product management intern for GoPayment. She is currently a junior studying Economics-Government at Claremont McKenna College and hopes to pursue a career in renewable energy and sustainable development. Her interest in tech began when she participated in Intuit’s IdeaJam, an on-campus immersive program that teaches students how to create products to solve customer pains.
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