What is sustainable business?
It’s the practice of doing business with the goal of operating into the foreseeable future without degrading the environment or the wellbeing of our communities. Learn about the meaning of other terms in our Glossary of Sustainability.
Why is sustainability important in business?
Sustainability is, fundamentally, the ability to continue doing something long term. So, if you want to stay in business for the long haul you need to earn enough, support your staff, and ensure you don’t degrade the natural living systems upon which all businesses and our lives depend. More and more people are choosing to purchase from and work for businesses they perceive to be sustainable. If you don’t get on board you’ll be missing out. Find out more.
What are the benefits of sustainability?
Sustainability can help your business reach more customers, cut costs, recruit and retain the best talent, meet procurement expectations, improve your brand value and futureproof your business – all while minimising your impact on the planet. Download our free resource on The Benefits of a Sustainable Business.
What are some examples of sustainable businesses?
The 130+ businesses on the Circular Economy Directory offer products and services that are helping eliminate waste, reduce carbon and regenerate nature. They’ve all met eligibility criteria. And winners of the Sustainable Business Awards have all been judged as leaders in their fields by an independent panel over 20 years.
How can my business become more sustainable?
It’s easy to get started! You can create a climate action plan with the free Climate Action Toolbox. Browse the Circular Economy Directory to find suppliers that can help make your business more sustainable. And help regenerate nature using our free guides and resources for business.
Check out our free tools and resources or sign up for a course or workshop today.
About the Sustainable Business Network
What does the Sustainable Business Network do?
We help businesses learn, take action and connect on sustainability. We combine expertise in sustainability with practical solutions to help businesses transform knowledge into action. We’re a network of hundreds of organisations and we’ve been around for 20 years. Find out more.
What is the benefit of joining the Sustainable Business Network?
You’ll get heaps of benefits to help you learn, make connections and get recognition for the good you do. You’ll be part of a network, a community and a movement!
Benefits of joining include access to exclusive free events and networking; discounts on courses and our Advisory service; free access to Get Sustainable Online, our programme to kick-start your sustainability journey; free access to our young professionals’ network (The Now Crowd); and a vote at our AGM. Your logo will be featured on our website; you’ll receive a certificate and logo; and you’ll get a free listing on the Circular Economy Directory (if eligible). Find out more.
How much does it cost to join?
Annual fees are tiered according to turnover, to make our network affordable whatever your size. They start at $640+GST for small businesses. Find out more.
What is the difference between joining as an individual and joining as a business?
Many individual consultants, intrapreneurs and pioneers join SBN. However, because our focus is on business collaboration, the benefits of joining as an organisation are greater than those we can offer to individuals. For example, we only feature organisations on our website, and only they can display our logo. Individual members are welcome to attend our discounted events, but do not receive discounts on our courses.
What is an Impact Investor?
All members of the Sustainable Business Network are called Impact Investors. This is because joining our network doesn’t just mean you get member benefits, but that you are investing in our wider work. We work on projects to create system change in the key areas of climate, waste and nature. Annual fees go towards this work. We want organisations in our network to feel part of the collective impact we are creating, hence the term ‘Impact Investor’.
Does my business have to do anything specific to be accepted to join SBN?
We welcome all organisations that want to learn and take action on sustainability. We realise that everyone is at a different point on their sustainability journey and there are no barriers to entry, so long as your commitment is genuine. In joining us we encourage you to reduce emissions and waste, and regenerate nature. We’ll provide the tools, resources and training to help!
What other businesses are part of SBN?
Our network includes small and medium businesses, corporates, government bodies and councils, not for profits and individuals. We represent a cross section of the whole business community! Check out the organisations in our network.
When do the Sustainable Business Awards open for entry?
Entries open in June each year and close in July. Keep an eye on our Awards page for further details or subscribe to our newsletter.