Sustainable business resources
Although the internet is full of resources, this website includes some of the best hand-picked information sources, multi-media tools, frameworks and so on.
Use the pull down menus to find which topics or sectors are most relevant to your context. Many resources can be found elsewhere in this website, for example under:
- Business tools
- Corporate Social Responsibility (includes ISO 26000)
- Renewable energy
- Saving energy
- Standards, ratings & certification
Sustainable business peak bodies and reporting frameworks:
- World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is the international leader with a range of supporting resources, policies and networks. WBCSD is linked to Sustainable Business Australia.
- Association for Sustainability in Business is an Australian organisation serving as a platform for sharing knowledge and accessing professional development.
- Carbon Market Institute offers market research publications and tools, professional development, policy advocacy and networking for those working in carbon management and carbon trading.
- Green Building Council of Australia is the peak body in Australia which drives the progress of Green Star buildings and Green Star communities in Australia. It is linked to the World Green Building Council and offers professional development, sustainability assessment tools, frameworks and other services to members.
Other relevant international organisations:
- GRI (previously the Global Reporting Initiative) (www.globalreporting.org) mainstreams disclosure on sustainability including environmental, social and governance performance. There is a GRI Focal Point in Australia and a number of accredited trainers of GRI reporting frameworks.
- Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative (www.ghgprotocol.org) – the foremost international accounting tool for government and business leaders to report and manage greenhouse gas emissions.
- The Carbon Disclosure Project (www.cdproject.net) works towards solutions to climate change and eco efficiencies by inviting companies to participate in this reporting process and public disclosure.
- The Carbon Trust (www.carbontruststandard.com) certifies and therefore improves confidence in claims by corporations to carbon mitigation.
- The Climate Group (www.theclimategroup.org) works at an international level with governments and business leaders to advance the smart policies, technologies and finance needed to cut global greenhouse gas emissions, and unlock a ‘clean industrial revolution’.
- The Climate Registry (www.theclimateregistry.org) through its support of both voluntary and mandatory reporting programs, the Registry provides data to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- The Finance Innovation Laboratory (www.thefinancelab.org) is a project jointly hosted by ICAEW and WWF-UK to transform the finance system to address global, social and environmental challenges, from climate change to global poverty.
- The International Integrated Reporting Committee (www.theiirc.org) promotes integrated reporting to to help businesses and their stakeholders to make more sustainable, informed decisions.
- The National Physical Laboratory (www.npl.co.uk) is a world-leading centre of excellence in developing and applying the standards, science and technology into the business context.
- The OECD (www.oecd.org) is a leader in policy advocacy for a transition to a low-carbon economy to improve economic and social well-being for all people.
- The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (www.unctad.org) is home to the Intergovernmental Panel of Experts on International Standards on Accounting and Reporting (ISAR) which supports a standardised reporting framework.
See also ‘Peak Bodies & Leadership’ on this website.