How do I make my start-up sustainable?

Reducing costs, boosting competitiveness, and helping the environment – small businesses everywhere are on the path to net zero. We’ve brought together a collection of sustainability articles, courses, and success stories to help you ensure your start-up is born sustainable.

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Sustainability for business start-ups – eight business ideas to launch

With the UK Government setting a national goal of being carbon-neutral by 2050, there’s an urgency for businesses to embrace greener working practices.

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How to create a sustainable workplace

The effects of climate change impact everyone, and the drive to sustainable living and working is becoming an important part of business practice.

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Five ways for small businesses to cut their transport emissions

Green energy is likely to be the future of transport as vehicles switch away from fossil fuels and onto more sustainable alternatives.

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Read our library of articles on sustainability for your start-up

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Introducing environmental decision-making

This course considers decisions in their broader contexts and advocates a systems approach to environmental decision-making.

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Climate change – transitions to sustainability

This course charts some of the ways in which we can become more environmentally sustainable.

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Explore other courses offered by The Open University

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Discover the steps entrepreneurs from across the country are taking to make their start-up born sustainable.

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