About Us

Our Purpose

The Association for Sustainability in Business - our ambition is to develop a vision of designing and planning Urban, Regional and Remote Australia while being aware of one planet living, one world resources and ongoing community and business sustainability.

Through on-going discussion and knowledge sharing we hope to contribute to a vision of how cities and communities operate when considering issues such as environment, governance, health, liveabilty, design, resource and food security. We will also examine the important role business has in the "People, Planet, Profit" paradigm.

We promote continuing professional development through conferences and seminars, the publication of Proceedings and Journals, and the ongoing developement of an on-line podcast resource.  The Associaton is also active on all social media platforms.

Vision Mission Values

Our Vision

We envision a world where Australian enterprises contribute to prosperous economies, healthy ecosystems and strong communities.

Our Mission

To foster collaboration between research and practice.

Our Activity

Recent activity of the Association for Sustainability in Business has been focused on supporting high quality annual industry events including:

The Association’s Advisory Committee:

  • Kerryn Wilmot, Architect, Research Principal, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney
  • Paula Drayton, Director of Resource Advisory
  • Jim McDonald, Statutory Independent Expert Scientific Committee for Coal Seam Gas and Large Scale Coal Mining
  • Tania Crosbie, Marketing, Communications and Training specialist and Co-owner of Sustainability at Work
  • Cr Chris Thompson, Deputy Mayor and Division 4 Councillor of Sunshine Coast
  • Michael Neustein, Director, Neustein Urban, NSW
  • Beau B. Beza, Course Director, School of Architecture and Built Environment, Deakin University, VIC
  • Tony Lake, International Chair, International CPTED Association
  • Mark Glover, Director, Renewed Carbon Pty Ltd
  • Kelvin Walsh, Director City Sustainability, Hume City Council, VIC

Read more about the Advisory Committee

What is Business Sustainability?

Written by Professor of Management, Dr. Tima Bansal, this primer provides a foundational introduction to business sustainability.

BSprimerdiagram-e1280720867141Business sustainability is often defined as managing the triple bottom line – a process by which firms manage their financial, social, and environmental risks, obligations and opportunities. These three impacts are sometimes referred to as profits, people and planet. We extend this definition to capture more than just accounting for environmental and social impacts. We believe that sustainable businesses are resilient and that they create economic value, healthy ecosystems and strong communities.

Sustainable businesses survive external shocks because they are intimately connected to healthy economic, social and environmental systems.

Sustainable Development

Business sustainability requires that firms adhere to the principles of sustainable development. According to the World Council for Economic Development (WCED), sustainable development is development that “meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

So, sustainable development is achieved when industrial development subscribes to the three principles of economic efficiency, social equity and environmental accountability.

Major Issues in Sustainable Development

 

Principles

Issues

 

Economic efficiency

Innovation
Prosperity
Productivity

 

Social equity

Poverty
Community
Health and wellness
Human rights
Equitable sharing of resources and risks

 

Environmental accountability

Climate change
Land use
Water quality and quantity
Biodiversity
Responsible use of renewable and non-renewable resources

Business Sustainability

Businesses have an important role to play in fostering sustainability. For businesses to be sustainable, they must respond to issues at the micro level. These issues relate to the triple bottom line, which includes the financial, social and environmental considerations relating to their operations.

For example, when a business is making a major decision they may want to consider the following issues:

 

Financial

 

Societal

 

Environmental

 

Revenues

 

Employee health and safety

 

Resource use

 

Costs

 

Ethical sourcing

 

Waste and emissions

 

Share price

 

Governance (e.g. diversity, accountability, transparency)

 

Noise, smells, congestion

 

 

 

Community support and social legitimacy

 

Product stewardship

 

 

 

Employee compensation

   
     

Philanthropy

   
           

What Can Organisations Do?

A number of best practices exist to help firms become more sustainable, moving them from laggards to leaders.

Stakeholder Engagement:

Organizations can learn from customers, employees, and their surrounding community. Engagement is not only about pushing out messages, but understanding opposition, finding common ground and involving stakeholders in joint decision-making.

Environmental Management Systems:

These systems provide the structures and processes that help embed environmental efficiency into a firm’s culture and mitigate risks. The most widely recognized standard worldwide is ISO 14001, but numerous other industry-specific (e.g. responsible care for the chemical industry) and country-specific.

Connect with the Association Education Manager Angela Greene on Linkedin here.

The Association for Sustainability in Business Inc is a non-government, member based, not-for-profit organisation.

ABN: 15361564102 | IA: 38885
Accountants: Colin Woodward and Associates, Tweed Heads NSW
Auditors:  Paul Teefy Accountants, Southport Qld
Lawyers: TVP Law – Southport Qld

All publications, podcasts and webinars are available at no charge to members.

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