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The Business Case for Sustainability

About the Course

This 1/2 day workshop is designed for businesses who want to increase their understanding of sustainability, why it is important and what the practical steps are to create a robust Business Case for sustainable action.


Through interactive sessions and case studies, participants will explore how sustainability practices contribute to long-term profitability, resilience, and positive societal impact.


Participants will leave with an actionable plan to support their business adapt to the changing operating environment which is driven by Climate Change and global challenges.


Delivery Method

This workshop can be delivered online or face to face.


What we will cover

Module 1: Introduction to Sustainability in Business

  • Understanding the fundamentals: What is sustainability in the business context?

  • Exploring the business imperative for sustainability: Benefits and challenges.

  • Case studies showcasing successful sustainable business models.

Module 2: Understand the principles of True Cost Accounting

  • Introduction to True Cost Accounting (TCA) and its relevance to a sustainable and resilient business.

  • Evaluating the hidden costs of unsustainable practices.

  • Financial benefits of integrating sustainability: Cost savings, risk mitigation, and revenue opportunities.

Module 3: Building a Purpose-Driven Organisation

  • Defining organisational purpose aligned with sustainability goals.

  • Strategies for embedding sustainability in the company's mission and culture.

  • Role of leadership in fostering a purpose-driven approach.

Module 4: Implementing Sustainable Practices

  • Practical steps to integrate sustainability into business operations.

  • Developing a sustainability roadmap: Setting goals, metrics, and implementation strategies.

  • Overcoming challenges and engaging stakeholders in the sustainability journey.


Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  1. Understand the business case for sustainability and its impact on long-term profitability and resilience.

  2. Gain insights into True Cost Accounting and its significance in making informed business decisions.

  3. Identify strategies to align organisational purpose with sustainability goals.

  4. Acquire practical tools and frameworks to integrate sustainable practices into their business operations.

  5. Engage in collaborative discussions and exercises to apply sustainability concepts to real-world scenarios.


This workshop aims to empower businesses with the knowledge and tools necessary to leverage sustainability as a driver of financial success and positive societal impact.


We can adapt the outline to suit specific needs and objectives of your workshop participants.


Our Trainers

New Zealand:

Claire Benson is the founder and Managing Director of SDG Changemakers. With over 25 years in social and environmental sustainability, Claire combines her vast experience and innovative insights to enhance the workshop's interactive experience. As the founder of SDG Changemakers, she has spearheaded the company's strategy, securing Innovate UK, and Callaghan Innovation, NZ grants for circular economy innovation. Claire's role as an assessor for The University of Cambridge's sustainability courses ensures she brings cutting-edge global trends into the training.


United Kingdom:

Pauline Stirling is SDG Changemakers' Workshop, Learning and Curriculum Associate.  Next Steps:

To find out more, book a Discovery Call or get in touch through our contact form.



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