Sustainable development addresses issues such as pollution, waste management, energy and water conservation, transport management and the recycling of resources. Businesses must comply with environmental regulations and with the pressures on all modern organisations to act in more sustainable ways to help protect the environment and world resources.

Implementing green or sustainable practices and policies not only ensures compliance with the law but also makes good business sense. The benefits include a reduction in the organisation’s running costs by using less energy and producing less waste.

This topic provides a general introduction to implementing sustainable business practices, including sustainable purchasing and procurement. Energy sustainability is covered in more depth in the Energy Management topic. Sustainable waste is covered in the Waste Disposal and Reducing Waste and Recycling topics.

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