THE GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT RESEARCH CENTER
The GDRC Programme on Sustainable Business
So what is the justification for business to be more sustainable? How can a case be made for sustainability?
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Sustainability is good business!
Research Resources
   
GDRC's programme on Sustainable Business focuses on the ecosystem that is needed to promote sustainability in businesses. It takes its genesis from the ongoing paradigm shift from curative and remedial environmental solutions to preventive and management solutions, encompasing pollution prevention, LCA/material flows, industrial symbiosis, consumer education and related issues
Why should businesses embrase sustainabiility? Internally, as a business, there are three arguments to support the adoption of sustainability policies (social + environmental + economic goals). Firstly, it relates to the fact that strong sustainablity policies leads to cost-savings that results in increased profits. Secondly, a business that adopts sustainability can create new business opportunities and increase their market shares. Thirdly, a business can in fact use it for building the brand and manage their overall reputation.
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Highlights
of GDRC
Research
Environmentally-Sensitive Industrial Development: Policy Lessons Learnt from Ecotowns in Japan
Case Study Series E-138. April 2022.
A Quick Introduction to Circular Economies
Concept Note Series E-131. February 2022
Green Business Practices in Japan: Lessons for Countries Greening their Business Sector
Case Study Series E-075. May 2020.
The Role of Local Governments in Fostering Business Partnerships for Environmental Sustainability
Policy Analysis Series E-076. June 2015.
Read GDRC's flagship magazine on Circular Economy [via Flipboard]:

What is GDRC doing now?
  Currently, GDRC is focussing on support services and programmes that local governments can implement to enable companies to be more sustainable (for example, by creating 'eco-towns'). It is doing this within the overall context of a circular economy.
Elsewhere
in GDRC
   ■ Environmental Management Tools
   ■ Environmental Impact Assessment
   ■ The FEWW Nexus: Food - Energy - Water - Waste
   ■ Microcredit: Finance for Microenterprises
   ■ Environmental Colours of Microfinance Theory and Practice
   ■ InfoPac on 3Rs - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

This programme is a part of:
More information on GDRC's Economy sphere
  GDRC's Economy Sphere  
GDRC's Sustainable Business Programme is a member of -
Association for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA) The Association for Sustainable & Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA)










The starting points for businesses to contribute to sustainability are by promoting the Sustainable Development Goals. See GDRC's Sustainability Dashboard

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