There are many ways in which you can become more sustainable. Check out some of the resources below to find out more. Remember, no business is perfect, and every action you take helps. We encourage you to be bold and embrace change.
How do I get started?
A good place to start improving your operations is with the Big Five areas of business sustainability, below. Make sure you focus on those that are most relevant to your business:
Click here to read resource sheets about each of these areas.
Then read on to find out what else you can do.
How do I put together a sustainability strategy?
If you want to make sustainability an integral part of your business, you need to identify your key sustainability issues and develop a sustainability strategy. You can do this as part of a step-by-step process.
Click here to download a resource sheet: How can I create a sustainability strategy for my business
How can I get advice?
If you have a tricky sustainability question, it’s free for Sustainable Business Network members to ask an expert. Adviceline provides expert advice from some of New Zealand’s top sustainability experts. They can provide answers to your questions and help source the information you need.
Adviceline is free for SBN members to use. We aim to provide an answer within two working days.
How can I find out how sustainable my business is?
Get Sust Online is a quick and easy online sustainability assessment tool, for businesses of any type or size. You can gauge where you are up to, download valuable resources, benchmark yourself against other businesses and measure progress in five key areas. It’s free for SBN members to use.
How can I do a comprehensive analysis of my business’ sustainability?
The Get Sustainable Challenge is an improvement tool that takes a sustainability lens across your whole organisation outlining where you are doing well and where there is room for improvement. Participants are benchmarked against each other, according to size of organisation and sector.
How can I learn and network?
You can find out about dozens of sustainable business events taking place around New Zealand every month on our Events page. These include learning and networking events organised by SBN, our members and our partners. You can search by region to find events in your own area.
How can I measure emissions?
You can estimate your greenhouse gas emissions using the Annual Carbon Emissions (ACE) calculator, designed by CATALYST Ltd. It’s a simple tool that is free to use.
Where can I find sustainable products and services?
The Sustainable Business Directory makes it fast and easy to search and select suppliers in your area committed to being more sustainable. You can choose from hundreds of providers to quickly green your supply chain – from waste consultants to wineries, IT to insurance. Discover products, services, certifications and programme providers nationwide. You can search by location, key word or category.
What are the key issues for New Zealand?
We have identified four areas we believe are critical for sustainable business in New Zealand. We call them transformation areas:
- Mega efficiency
Within each transformation area we are working on one key work stream. Click on each to find out more:
- Accelerating Smart Transport in NZ
- Embedding Social Value into Business Models
- Accelerating the Circular Economy in NZ
- Restoring New Zealand’s Food System
I’ve had some wins! How can I share my story of success?
You can share your sustainability success story by entering the NZI National Sustainable Business Network Awards. These are the pre-eminent and longest-standing sustainable business awards in New Zealand. Entries open every year in July.
If you’re an SBN member you call also share your success story via our weekly newsletter. Please let us know about your achievements so we can share them with our followers.
Don’t forget that we’re here to help, so please contact us if you have any queries.