‘Opportunity to show world how it is done’

LOCAL businesses’ commitment to sustainability will be under the microscope of the Chamber of Commerce in its latest annual Business Sustainability Survey.

Jennifer Strachan, co-lead of the Sustainable Business Initiative.(Picture by Peter Frankland, 32294056)
Jennifer Strachan, co-lead of the Sustainable Business Initiative.(Picture by Peter Frankland, 32294056)

Chamber’s sustainable business initiative will collect data on environmental issues which will inform the group’s work with the States, and enable them to benchmark Guernsey businesses against the UK.

The survey looks to explore how important sustainability is to business, why they care about environmental issues, and what the business is currently doing regarding sustainability.

‘We want to do this to understand Guernsey businesses’ views on their environmental impact, what they have in place already in regard to climate change or are planning to do, and how that changes over time,’ said Rollo de Sausmarez, co-lead of the Sustainable Business Initiative.

‘It’s important to conduct this survey every year so we can see how responses change over time, and where we can celebrate changes and react to areas of concern. We need to understand how far Guernsey businesses are prepared to consider their environmental impact and act to mitigate it. There is an opportunity to be leaders in sustainability and show the world and conversely there is great risk in inaction.’

Jennifer Strachan, co-lead of SBI, added: ‘Last year’s survey highlighted that over 85% of Guernsey businesses see sustainability as somewhat or very important to them, yet there is still an interest in learning more about how to do this. As a result, SBI will be focusing on a range of networking and learning events in 2023 to help develop this understanding and support.’

. The survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/B2P92BT and on the Sustainable Business Initiative Facebook page. It closes at the end of July. SBI encourages all businesses to complete the survey.

. Any businesses that wish to understand how to better manage their impact can join the SBI by contacting Chamber or through their Facebook or LinkedIn pages. The SBI aims to provide practical insight and training to help Guernsey companies mitigate their climate impact.

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