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Sustainability: Growing an Ethical Business with Environmental & Social Impact

Monday 2nd March | 09:30 – 13:30

Part 1

The basics, including:

  • You’re hearing more about sustainability but what is it and what does it mean for you?
  • First steps towards cutting your impact on the environment and drawing in the socially conscious consumer.
  • How to professionalise your sustainability ideas.

Part 2

More about how to professionalise your sustainability ideas, including:

  • Audits, action plans, policies, frameworks, and accreditations.
  • Communicating and sharing your business case for sustainability.
  • Carbon footprints.
  • Final discussion and questions.

Businesses need to react to demands of an increasingly environmentally aware consumers, suppliers, and staff. Consumers now want what they buy and how businesses act to stand for more than just an exchange of money for goods. Sustainability is becoming increasingly important in all sectors, how can a small business become more sustainable? And can that actually improve profitability?

Together, we’ll explore the idea of business sustainability and its different components. We’ll look at the tools to assist you identify and manage the environmental and social impacts of your business in a way that supports business growth. You’ll learn about sustainability action plans you can use to measure where your business is, where you want it to be, and how you’ll get there.

This is an interactive workshop. Be prepared to discuss, ask questions, and contribute experiences. You should attend this workshop if:

  • You’re looking to build your business not by focussing solely on profit; people and planet are equally important to you.
  • You want to identifying impact, develop sustainability goals, and implement initiatives; but you don’t know where to start.
  • You want those sustainability goals to be part of your business identity. An identity that says you’re an innovative business looking to create positive social and environmental impact.

By the end of the workshop participants should be able to:

  • Understand why sustainability is good for business.
  • Identify ‘easy wins’ to set you off on your sustainability journey.
  • Conduct a sustainability audit.
  • Create a sustainability policy.
  • Understand that basics of assessing your carbon footprint.
  • Set sustainability goals, communicate those goals, and measure your progress towards your goals by following an action plan.

The benefits of attending this workshop are:

  • More detailed understanding of factors that influence a business’ sustainability performance and how this relates to the local and wider community/environment.
  • Understanding of the link between improved sustainability performance and improved financial performance.

Prepared and Delivered by:

Neil is an advisor on the Enterprise Steps project. Sustainability and ethical trading are key areas of interests for Neil and many of his clients have social and/or environmental goals at the heart of their business. Currently clients are involved in food waste reduction, plastic reduction, IT reuse, eco-friendly product design, and land reuse projects

Who should attend?

Pre start-ups/start-ups and growth businesses in London.

We look forward to seeing you there!

This event is fully subsidised – for eligible clients only and places are limited, so book now to secure your space.

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