|It is generally agreed that environmental sustainability must be build on long-term economic and social sustainability and that the challenge of sustainable development requires integration of economy and environment in all sectors and at all levels. The objectives of private sector led economic growth in a globally competitive world are not necessarily compatible with the state or community led objectives of social equity and environmental protection. The current concept of sustainable business enables the combination of environmently sound objectives while maintaining a profit and generating social benefits. This page provides a guide to the best sites related to the interface between business and environment.|
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IISD: Business, Entrepreneurs and Sustainable Development|
Created by the International Institute for Sustainable Development , this site is based on the belief that "a sustainable business has interdependent economic, environmental and social objectives, and understands that long-term viability depends on integrating all three objectives in decision-making." The site is divided in several sections (Key Issues, Strategies and Tools, Markets, Banking and Investment, Working with NGOs, Training Opportunities). Do not miss the "Business Strategy for Sustainable Development " and the "EarthEnterprise Tool Kit" (use the internal search engine to locate it). A "Must" site.
EPA - Business and Industry
Part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) website, this section on Business & Industry provides quick access to Regulations & Legislation, Small Business Information, Compliance Assistance Centers, Envirofacts, etc. An excellent and very rich site.
Green Pages: The Global Directory for Environmental Technology
This electronic directory system offers a quick way to find information on leading suppliers of environmental technologies from around the world. Extremely well structured site making it easy to find subsectoral information. Do not miss the editorial section.
Developed by the Sustainable Development Communications Network ( a group of non-governmental organizations working together to find ways of using the Internet to meet the goals of sustainable development) the SD Gateway integrates the on-line information put together by its members. Although focusing on sustainable development at large it includes an important section on "Business and Trade". An excellent site.
Enviro-Access - Center for Environmental Technologies
Enviro-Access is a non-profit corporation, dedicated to helping small and medium-sized environmental sector organizations in the development of new technologies and in the advancement of their businesses.A very rich and interesting site. Do not miss their Environmental factsheets and their Enviro-links
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development
As an independent, non-profit, and non-governmental organization, the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) aims to influence the international trade system such that it advances the goal of sustainable development. Excellent site. Do not miss the eleven thematic and research priorities, each of them rich with news and publications.
Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL)
The Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) is a public interest, not-for-profit environmental law firm founded in 1989 to bring the energy and experience of the U.S. public interest environmental movement to the critical task of strengthening and developing international and comparative environmental law, policy, and management around the world.
Center for Environmentally Responsible Economies
The Center for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES) is a non profit coalition of investors, public pension funds, foundations, labor unions, and environmental, religious and public interest groups, working in partnership with companies toward the common goal of corporate environmental responsability worldwide. Excellent and very interesting site. Do not miss the CERES roadmap for sustainability.
World Business Council for Sustainable Development
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is a coalition of 122 international companies united by a shared commitment to the environment and to the principles of economic growth and sustainable development. Its members are drawn from 34 countries and more than 20 major industrial sectors. Do not miss their "focus areas" in policy development and best practice.
This site is about ISO 14000 volontary standards which provide industry with a way to track, manage, and improve environmental performance without conflicting with the business priorities of an operation. They have been developed to assist organizations to achieve environmental and economic gains through the implementation of effective environmental management systems.
The GreenBiz Group provides environmental information, resources, and tools to the mainstream business community in order to help companies integrate environmental responsibility into their operations in a manner that combines ecological sustainability with profitable business practices. A very good site with interesting publications and articles.
NIPR: New Ideas in Pollution Regulation
A World Bank site for researchers, government officials, and citizens interested in understanding and improving control of industrial pollution, especially in developing countries. Do not miss the working papers and the incredibly extensive set of outside links in the "on the Net" section. The site has now been archived but remains a very good and useful site.
Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development
The Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development helps communities design and implement innovative strategies that enhance the local economy as well as the local environment and quality of life. US focused but quite good. Do not miss the excellent "sustainable development toolkit".
Environmental Colours of Microfinance
Part of the Informal Credit Homepage (see ENTERWeb subpage on microcredit), the main interest of the "Environmental colors of microfinance" site is the section on "Enabling the link between Microcredit and Environment" which attempts to provide guidelines on environmental assessment for microfinance institutions and microenterprise activities.A truly "World Premiere" in the area of microenterprise development.
The purpose of this site is to keep track of what is happening in the "green economy", its philosophy being that environmental sustainability is, in commercial terms, a business driver of immense significance.Interesting site. Do not miss the links directory section.
Sustainable Business Network
Part of the Envirolink network, the Sustainable Business Network aims to act as a catalyst to change, in the way we look at sustainable business and the environment. Of particular interest are the SBN journal and the SBN library.
International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement
The International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement, INECE is an international partnership to promote effective environmental compliance and enforcement through networking, capacity building and enforcement cooperation. Particularly interesting are their capacity building documents and also their special topic and country example papers.
Global Recycling Network
GRN claims to be " the most comprehensive Recycling Information & Trading Resource on the Internet". It offers a one-stop solution to recycling information needs of business users, researchers, publishers and purchasing agents, while spurring the development of international trade of recyclable goods and services.
Biotrade Initiative Website
Launched by UNCTAD the BIOTRADE Initiative is an integrated approach towards trade, biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. It therefore encourages the establishment of partnerships between the private sector, local and indigenous communities, and developed and developing countries. A potentially important website which development is unfortunately lagging behind.
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