SBN provides practical support to our members through sustainability tools and resources, to help you measure your sustainability progress.
What does sustainability mean for business?
In the true sense of the word, sustainability means ‘the capacity to endure’. In business, that means you’re in it for the long haul. It means setting up a business that will be resilient and will thrive in the long term.
A sustainable business is one that generates profit while improving societal and environmental conditions. This includes what you do (your product or service) as well as how you do it (the way you operate).
Why should business become more sustainable?
There are lots of ways in which being more sustainable will help your business. It will help you become more efficient, improve your brand value and reputation, provide a platform for innovation, help attract and retain staff, achieve better growth, cut costs and strengthen stakeholder relations.
How can business become more sustainable?
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.
- Smart Office Guide
- The Circular Economy Model Office Guide
- Leadership in Sustainable Business course
- Circular Economy Accelerator
Our other resources include:
Reducing our carbon emissions is an urgent priority for all businesses. The guides below on transport, waste and energy provide practical steps which you can take to reduce your emissions. And the carbon calculator is a simple-to-use tool to help you estimate and monitor your emissions.
- Report: Business Opportunities for a sustainable NZ 2014
- Report: Progressing towards a sustainable NZ 2016