How much paper does your Governing Board use each year?

Governing Boards produce 60 million pages of documents every year. That’s equivalent to a pile of paper ten times as tall as The Shard.

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Governing Boards produce 60 million pages of documents every year. That’s equivalent to a pile of paper ten times as tall as The Shard.

Here at GovernorHub, we’re trying to reduce the number of pages that Governing Boards are printing and minimise the printing costs for both the Boards and their Governors.

One way in which we’re helping is by providing a place to store documents online so they can easily be shared amongst the members of the Board, and are available to you wherever you go through our mobile and tablet Apps.

How we worked it out

We ran some numbers from the Autumn 2016 term and worked out that, across the 2,100 Boards on our site, on average there were 2.7 meetings per term, with an average of 10 attendees and 38 pages of documents per meeting.

So, if a Board were to print out a copy of all the documents for a meeting for each attendee, they’d be printing 999 pieces of paper every term – that’s around 3,000 pages every year – just for meetings!

That got us thinking.

With GovernorHub, a Governing Board can choose to go completely paperless by storing all their papers online and the governors using the GovernorHub App to have the documents in front of them at meetings.

So, what if we all went paperless?

There are 2,100 Boards on GovernorHub with roughly 3,000 pages each per year – nearly 6.3 million pages of documents every year that wouldn’t need to be printed.

If we factor in the possibility of around half of those pages being printed double-sided, that works out to roughly 4.7 million pieces of paper not printed every year.

If we stacked those pages up, the pile would be over 470 metres high – that’s nearly five times the size of Big Ben and taller than 106 London buses stacked on top of one another.

And that’s just the Boards that are on GovernorHub – if we factored in every Governing Board in the country, the pile of paper would be nearly two miles tall!

Phew! That’s a lot of paper…

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