Making sustainable choicesThe page was last modified:
As a business, you can make sustainable choices yourself and make it easier for your customers to make more sustainable choices. It can be challenging to figure out what is better or worse from a sustainability perspective, but investigating the sustainability impact of your products or services is an important element of sustainability work.
By understanding the impact your company has, you can make active choices in product development, production, distribution and purchasing. It is also easier to explain to customers why they should choose your products or services over those of others when you have made conscious choices and considerations.
Film: Seven smart tips for sustainable business
Want to be more sustainable? Here are seven specific tips for how to reduce the impact of your business on the environment and society, but also how you can ensure your business concept is long-term, relevant and competitive.
Development of products and services
When developing products or services, you have a major influence on their impact on sustainability. By means of smart material choices, energy-saving solutions and functions that promote sustainable behaviour, you can generate real benefit for the user and the environment at the same time.
Sustainable product and service development
To ensure your production process is sustainable you need to make sure it is as resource-efficient as possible. By making use of modern environmental technology and digitalisation, for example, you can achieve greater efficiency, save money and ensure lower environmental impact.
Distribution and transport
Transporting goods can have a major impact on the carbon dioxide emissions a business is responsible for. In order to minimise this, transport should be by rail as a first choice, and by sea or road as an alternative.
Sustainable distribution and transport
Suppliers and purchasing
We are seeing ever greater emphasis on how products are produced and how the entire supply chain performs in terms of sustainability. A business can take an active approach to sustainability issues within its own organisation, but if the product consists of materials that in turn have a high impact on the environment or are produced in a way that does not take into account social factors, the end product will not in fact be sustainable.
Sustainable supply chains
Sustainable meetings, conferences and events
No matter what type of meeting, conference or event you want to organise, you should consider how it could be made as sustainable as possible. It is always more sustainable to organise digital events and meetings, but if you need to hold face-to-face events there are some tips to make these as sustainable as possible.
Film: Inspiration from two business owners who are incorporating sustainability into their operations
How does sustainable business work in practice? Discover how the company Essem Design incorporates a life cycle perspective, and how the firm RSCUED focuses on circularity with regard to food waste.
This film are in Swedish but you can choose English subtitles. Click on the gear for settings and select Undertexter and then Engelska.
Questions to consider
Questions you can ask yourself in order to get started
All the questions from the sustainability pages are collected here.
Responsible: Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth