Sustainable Moreton Bay Business Toolbox

Sustainability Roadmap

Not sure where to go with building the sustainability of your business? Track the roadmap to see where to start and where to head. You’ll likely find you’ve already got quite a few things in place.

The internationally adopted Sustainable Development Goals are being used worldwide as a broad target for sustainable activity. Completion of the Roadmap will cover most if not all of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Roadmap to a Sustainable Business| Moreton Bay

  • Gain executive commitment
  • Develop a sustainability vision statement and set a strategic direction
  • People taking a lead role in driving sustainability
  • Communicate the benefits and engage staff
  • Identify waste, water, energy and material inputs to measure
  • Identify and apply tools and processes to measure these material flows
  • Measure the overall  sustainability of the workplace and business
  • Identify opportunities for improvement
  • Research what innovation is taking place in your sector
  • Identify how your business innovates and take stock internally
  • Motivate staff to contribute ideas
  •  Prioritise innovations according to costs and benefits
  • Include environmental accountabilities and responsibilities in role descriptions
  • Identify and ensure compliance with environmental obligations
  • Develop systems to measure and capture required data
  • Assign a budget and resources
  • Create staff awareness of your commitment to sustainability
  • Encourage and reward staff involvement
  • Create skilled teams that look for opportunities for improvement
  • Celebrate achievements
  • Prioritise opportunities according to SMART(simple, measurable, achievable, relevant, time bound) objectives
  • Implement short payback efficiency measures
  • Identify and reduce toxins and hazardous substances from processes and operations
  • Incorporate sustainability requirements into your procurement policies
  • Encourage ideas from inside and outside the business to understand how innovation can be applied
  • Scope out longer term investments in innovative technologies
  • Identify appropriate environmental management and industry benchmarking systems
  • Develop a system for performance measurement and rewards
  • Develop systems to reinvest cost savings in initiatives that deliver further improvements
  • Incorporate sustainability into decision-making processes
  • Promote your sustainability vision to major stakeholders
  • Engage suppliers and work in partnership to improve performance
  • Invest in and develop staff skills
  • Adopt credible eco-labelling for your products and services
  • Take responsibility for the environmental impacts in outsourced operations and your supply chain
  • Implement supply chain performance benchmarking
  • Identify and reduce toxic and hazardous substances in your supply chain
  • Reduce adverse environmental and social impacts resulting from procurement and distribution activities
  • Problem solve with suppliers
  • Work with others to create sustainable products and services
  • Develop a framework for collaborative innovation
  • Implement appropriate environmental management and industry benchmarking systems
  • Implement life cycle assessments for products or services
  • Extend footprint to account for product life cycles
  • Align accounting, procurement and production systems with sustainability goals
  • Promote your sustainability commitment externally
  • Identify and engage new and emerging markets
  • Show others in your value chain how to improve their own sustainability performance
  • Reduce the whole of life impacts your products or services have on communities and the environment
  • Identify  use of by-products or waste, close resource loops and use industrial ecology opportunities
  • Insist on minimum environmental impact across the business
  • Eliminate toxic and hazardous substances from your products and supply chain
  • Invest in research for major changes to products and services
  • Look for inspiration in cutting edge ideas, such as biomimicry
  • Extend the durability of your products
  •  Design the environmental impacts out of your products
  • Implement sustainability and/or corporate social responsibility reporting
  • Ensure reporting includes the measurement of product impact, lifecycle impact and business impact
  • Seek external validation for your sustainability reporting
  • Take a leadership role in the sustainability of your community
  • Create partnerships to improve your community and environment
  • Inspire others to take action
  • Create the future
  • Ensure that your business and its activities contribute in a net positive way to enhancing communities and the environment
  • Shift business operations to meet customer needs through services rather than physical products
  • Ensure that innovations enhance your future sustainability position
  • Seek simplicity in design
  • Promote and participate in open source innovation and knowledge
  • Identify market trends and plan and develop products and services for the future
  • Set ambitious targets and goals across all components of sustainability
  • Keep your focus on the future and continual improvement as your journey continues

Sustainable Business Roadmap

The Sustainable Business Roadmap shows the 5-step flow from committing to being sustainable, acting on that commitment, embedding day to day actions, influencing others in your business networks and supply chains, and creating a truly sustainable business and community.

The 5 steps give guidance on how we engage with our staff and networks, how we track our environmental footprint, how we introduce innovative and sustainable ideas and how we set up systems to bed down great ideas.

Links are provided to those who can help.  First join www.greenstreet.net.au  which takes you to Moreton Bay Sustainable Business Precincts, local sustainability consultants and honorary mentors Cooee who are able to help out with sustainability ideas.

If you are a newish business wanting to establish yourself from a sustainable base you should contact the Sustainable Startup Hub operating in the Moreton Bay Region.

The internationally adopted Sustainable Development Goals are being used worldwide as a broad target for sustainable activity.

The Roadmap was designed in a collaboration between state government, industry, business managers and sustainability experts.

Regional Sustainability

Regional Development Australia Moreton Bay and key regional agencies including the Moreton Bay Regional Council, Moreton Bay Regional Industry and Tourism, Innovate Moreton Bay, University of the Sunshine Coast Petrie and Caboolture Campuses and the Sustainable Startup Hub are committed to building a sustainable region which models, promotes, educates and supports sustainable businesses and communities.

The Roadmap to a Sustainable Region mirrors the Roadmap for Businesses and shows five destinations of Commit, Act, Embed, Influence, Sustain with a focus on strategies for Engagement, Footprinting, Innovation and System building.  

Contact us for more information about the Roadmap to a Sustainable Region.