Environmentally Friendly Background Checks

Nick Fishman

I’ll start by saying that I am not a tree hugger by nature. However, over the past several months I have spent time both personally and professionally wondering how I (and we as a company) can make a difference in the world. All of the environmental concerns you see written about every day and the topic itself are not going away. I strongly feel that protecting our environment should not be a political issue. It’s a responsibility we all have (I know, I’m starting to sound preachy. I’ll do my best not to preach for the rest of this post, or ever again).

Anyway, I’ve noticed how wasteful we have all become. Bottled water, 5 mile per gallon Hummer’s, paper plates, printing of every email that comes through our in box. In the case of background checks, there is still a lot of unnecessary paper being wasted.

This morning I came across an article in the Chicago Tribune titled, Don’t-print plea takes off (check it out). I’ve actually seen a lot of people in my personal and professional life add this environmentally-friendly message to their email signatures (see file below). I figured, it would be a great place to start. Next, I have decided to dedicate some future blogs to outlining some more environmentally-friendly processes for conducting background checks. Most that I have thought of actually improve the process anyways, so they won’t necessarily make you go out of your way to adopt them if you so choose.

I will offer up the following disclaimer: I am not ready to call employeescreenIQ a “Green Company”. There are far too many ways that I know we all fall short and I think people could take shots at us all day for things we could improve. Rather than risk becoming a hypocrite, we’ll do what we can. Please feel free to make suggestions as you see fit. I won’t adopt them all, but I really do believe that any change in action is a change for the better.

Okay, I’ll get off my soap-box now and get on with the business of background checks.

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Nick Fishman

Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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  • kwetherbee

    I couldn’t agree more that the little things we do will improve things in the end. It’s on my email…