For many businesses, the road to sustainability will incorporate participation in Green Business Partnership programmes such as the Small Business Support Programme and Environmental Management.
Sustainable Development means living and working within Environmental Limits and ensuring that we leave future generations with a healthy planet to live on.
"We did not care enough in the past about our environment and our planet’s scarce resources. Now we have to tackle the problems we have inherited, and learn to stop causing new ones. This is not just about the environment: it is about people and quality of life." Jack McConnell MSP, First Minister, 2005.
For more information on what sustainable development means for your business, download our Sustainability Guide for Small Businesses. For more information on sustainability in Scotland, visit: www.itsourfuture.co.uk
The Green Business Partnership has worked with SMEs throughout Scotland to help them get to grips with sustainable development. Projects have addressed issues including biodiversity; sustainable energy systems; resource use; packaging; transport; waste minimisation; stakeholder assessments and green procurement.