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Green business

Green and sustainable business practices and strategies have become important issues for organisations big and small. On this page you can access a range of articles, books and online resources providing quick links to guidance, reports and useful organisations.

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How to sell sustainable products
Consumers claim to want eco-friendly products but this is not always borne out by sales figures. The authors present five approaches for encouraging sustainable consumption.

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ICAEW guide

Just Good Business
An ICAEW initiative to support SMEs in building sustainable operations and lasting success for their business. Includes practical advice and case studies.

Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

How to sell sustainable products

Consumers claim to want eco-friendly products but this is not always borne out by sales figures. The authors present five approaches for encouraging sustainable consumption.

Channeling influence: Supply chain's evolutionary role in corporate social responsibility

How going beyond the Triple Bottom line in CSR helps influence and drive innovation in the supply chain and holds opportunities for substantial benefits to the business.

Doing the right thing at SC Johnson

SC Johnson's CEO Fisk Johnson on the importance of taking action to reduce any potential environmental or health effects from his company's products - even if that might reduce profits.

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Useful links


Just Good Business
ICAEW initiative to support SMEs in building sustainable operations and lasting success for their business. Includes practical advice, case studies and a step-by-step guide to building sustainability into your business.

Overviews and resources on measuring, reporting and assuring sustainability, sustainable business and climate change.


Business in the Community
UK organisation working to develop frameworks for responsible business. The website offers case studies, publications and research studies.

Membership organisation for companies 'who have an interest and commitment to improving their overall performance in key CSR areas'. Resources include research reports and case studies.

Carbon Trust
Organisation supporting businesses and the public sector to cut carbon emissions, save energy and commercialise low carbon technologies. The website gives information on climate change legislation, emerging technologies and guides.

Finance for the Future Awards - case studies
Inspirational case studies which aim to share good practice in business sustainability and help others create innovative ways of doing business.

Go Green
Initiative from Low Carbon South West in collaboration with Business West to join up businesses in the West of England that are working towards a sustainable future. Site includes case studies and an online Go Green Action Plan tool.

Natural Capital Coalition
Coalition made up of over 200 organisations who are working to create a world where business conserves and enhances natural capital. Site includes the Natural Capital Protocol which offers business managers a standardised framework to identify, measure, and value impacts and dependencies on natural capital.

Reports and guides

Manufacturing: Stepping up to the sustainability challenge
Report published by Make UK in June 2019 reviewing the manufacturing sector’s approach to sustainability. Covers what the sector is doing already doing to manage sustainability, what is driving change and next steps for companies.

The state of sustainable supply chains
Study produced by EY in collaboration with the UN Global Compact exploring the current state of supply chains globally. Identifies actions companies can take to further embed sustainability in their supply chains. Published in 2016.

Fostering sustainability in financial services
Discussion of sustainability within the financial services sector in EY's EMEIA Financial Services Sustainability Report 2016.

SDG business hub
In September 2015 world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and committed to 17 goals to eradicate poverty, promote peace and equality, fuel inclusive growth and protect the environment. This one-stop-shop from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) consolidates and provides easy access to information for businesses on the SDGs.

SME guide to energy efficiency
Advice from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to help your business become more energy efficient, with ideas and tips to start reducing bills today. Topics covered include heating, lighting, office equipment and production equipment, with case studies from businesses which saved money by installing energy saving devices or raising staff awareness. Published in 2015.

Green office: A guide to running a more cost-effective and environmentally sustainable office
Practical guide from the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) on how to reduce environmental impact and costs by improving the use of office resoures. Published in December 2014.

Ten key elements to sustainable business practices in SMEs
Tool produced in 2013 by the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) which brings together case studies and key lessons from small businesses across the UK, US and Canada on sustainability. Based on a report from AICPA, CIMA and CPA Canada.

Good practice checklist for small business
An International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) checklist, updated in 2013 to contain a new standalone section on environmental management.

IFAC Sustainability Framework 2.0 
Revised framework guidance from the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) discussing the integration of sustainability factors from three perspectives: business strategy, operational and reporting. Published in 2011.

Other resources

Policy areas: Environment
Overview of EU environmental standards and links to EU legislation, organisations, statistics and publications.

Waste and environmental impact
Government guidance for businesses, covering environmental compliance, improving environmental performance and regulations for specific industry sectors.

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