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Business sustainability

Sustainability drives competitiveness. Protecting environmental resources and cutting carbon is good for business, boosting your credentials with customers, suppliers, staff and investors. Explore the benefits of sustainable business practices. Learn how our sustainability specialists can help you work more efficiently, build resilience, and seize low carbon opportunities.

Scotland and the journey to a low-carbon future

In November 2021, the world's eyes were on Glasgow as the city hosted COP26. We look at the challenges and opportunities of the transition to net zero and why Scotland is ideally placed to play a leading role in the global journey towards a greener, more sustainable, low-carbon future.

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What is sustainability? 

Business sustainability can help future-proof your business in the face of climate and nature challenges. It can also help you take advantage of the significant business opportunities related to these challenges.

Adapting to a net zero world brings change — but also opportunities. Cutting carbon and adopting sustainable business practices not only reduce business costs but also drive innovation, competitiveness and new ways of working.

Practical support for your business

Developing sustainable business practices will minimise the environmental impacts of your business, protect your business from risks and help you build business resilience. 

Our sustainability specialists can provide a tailored plan to help you: 

  • Improve the efficiency of your premises, products or processes
  • Cut costs
  • Investigate renewable energy options
  • Respond to future challenges
  • Take advantage of climate change and net zero opportunities

Find out more about our sustainability support

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5 tips on achieving business sustainability

Climate change is real. It’s happening now and it poses a genuine risk to business continuity for companies across Scotland. But where there's risk there are also opportunities.

Ian Carstairs leads our team of sustainability specialists. He discusses the benefits of sustainable business practices, and shares 5 tips that will help you manage the risks of climate change, build resilience, reduce costs and take advantage of net zero opportunities.

Get guidance on sustainability

Read our guides on business sustainability

If you'd like to learn more about specific areas of business sustainability, we have in-depth guides that cover a number of useful topics.

Learn about developing an effective low carbon strategy

Find out how circular economy practices can benefit your business

Learn how sustainability-driven innovation boosts profits and resilience

Read our guide on calculating a carbon footprint for your business

Green recovery toolkit: Sustainability support and funding from our partners

Race to Zero

There's never been greater awareness of the need to reduce emissions for the good of the planet, or a better time to start. The UN’s Race To Zero is a global campaign bringing together businesses, cities, regions and investors to help create a healthy, resilient and zero carbon recovery. Over 3000 businesses across the globe have already signed up to the initiative.

Find out how to get involved on the UN Climate Change website.

Need some expert advice?

Our specialists are on hand to answer your questions and get you started on your sustainability journey.