Being eco-friendly and sustainable are not buzz phrases however have turn into more and more vital to guard our planet. There are alarm bells from all quarters that sustainability is the necessity of the hour and have to be instantly addressed. We are going to deplete the earth’s sources; run out of fossil fuels, run out of lumber and big numbers of animal species will turn into extinct. We are going to injury the planet past restore if we don’t amend our methods. To forestall this from occurring, we have to be environmentally cognizant and advocate for sustainability in our houses, in our communities, in our ecosystems and all over the world.
With an enormous social push for environmental consciousness, many organizations are pushing for eco-friendly practices and adopting sustainable methods to run their companies, produce their merchandise and are opting to go paperless. If we discuss Pakistan specifically, the nation’s forest cowl is likely one of the lowest and one thing must be carried out to enhance this because the long-term ramifications are disastrous. Going paperless just isn’t solely useful for the corporate but additionally proves to be advantageous to the setting within the long-term.
In Pakistan, these are the 4 firms which might be making sustained efforts to go paperless and it’s vital to acknowledge the optimistic environmental affect they’re making so we will recognize and assist their efforts.
PTCL: Since 2021, the Pakistan Telecommunication Firm Restricted (PTCL) has been encouraging prospects to go for e-billing as a substitute of receiving month-to-month payments, in an effort to assist save the setting. In keeping with the corporate, this initiative won’t solely create consciousness concerning the setting but additionally give their prospects a chance to contribute and combat local weather change.
In an announcement issued final 12 months, PTCL’s chief industrial officer mentioned that being a nationwide firm, PTCL took its accountability to scale back paper utilization all through the corporate very critically.
For a clean transition to e-billing, PTCL has made a user-friendly web site the place prospects can subscribe to their invoice by way of ptcl.com.pk/eBill and thru the TouchApp (Android & iOS). They’ll additionally name on the PTCL helpline 1218 and subscribe to e-billing. New prospects will mechanically obtain e-bills.
PCB: In 2020, the Pakistan Cricket Board signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Punjab Info Expertise Board (PITB) for the implementation of e-Filling and Workplace Automation System (e-FOAS). This was carried out to enhance the cricket board’s day-to-day operations and improve their archiving capabilities.
For years, the PCB had been in search of a fast resolution for approvals, monitoring reference, retrieval of paperwork and archiving. Through the use of the e-FOAS, the PCB is now saving time, prices and serving to the setting.
PIA: Following the success of PCB and PTCL’s paperless method, final 12 months Pakistan Worldwide Airways additionally signed a MoU with the Punjab Info Expertise Board (PITB) to implement an e-filing and workplace automation system which is able to result in a greener setting and higher communication.
This technique now permits departmental workflow automation, receipt and issuance administration, e-noting and e-letter administration utilizing digital signatures, digital file room, and assembly scheduler. The system additionally ensures effectivity, transparency and safety whereas lowering administrative prices.
JBS: Jaffer Enterprise Programs (JBS) first step in the direction of going paperless is named Operation Inexperienced Up. “Since it is very difficult to just suddenly stop using paper, we thought it would be great to first recycle all of the used paper that isn’t needed,” shared the JBS spokesperson.
“Every Wednesday, we sound a small siren of 20 seconds after which our ‘agents’ go around the office and encourage employees to organize their workstations and discard unnecessary items. All discarded paper is collected in cardboard boxes and is later sent for recycling. We are collaborating with TrashIt, a startup that empowers communities to reduce their carbon footprint. Through this activity, so far we’ve been able to recycle about 20KGs worth of paper,” the spokesperson added.
For JBS, the final word purpose is to scale back paper utilization by at the least 90% by eliminating the usage of all pointless paper and shifting to digital alternate options. In keeping with the spokesperson, considered one of their acquired start-ups, Blutech Consulting has already gone paperless final 12 months.
In addition to these 4, the Federal Board of Income, Indus Hospital, pharmaceutical companies, Pakistan Customs and even the workplace of President Arif Alvi have opted to go paperless too