Publication - Advice and guidance

Better Business: How to go greener with staff to improve performance

Published: 12 Mar 2012

This practical guide offers help and

advice for businesses and other employers

who want to reduce their carbon footprint. In particular, it provides information on what the critical success factors are for involving staff to drive change and how staff engagement offers real benefits that are much broader than just carbon savings.

Better Business: How to go greener with staff to improve performance
Sources of Further Advice and Support

Sources of Further Advice and Support

General advice

The Carbon Trust
Specialist support for UK public and private sector businesses. Web resources include carbon calculators, communications materials, and publications. Also offers in-depth advisory services.

Business in the Community

Scottish Business in the Community
Cross-sectoral partnerships offering information and advice. The Envirowheel interactive guidance tool is available on Scottish Business in the Community website.

The Princes' Mayday Network
Includes 'Mayday Journey' tool for members throughout the UK to calculate their environmental impact, develop strategies for reducing it and track their progress online.

Scotland's Business Gateway
Environment and efficiency pages offer practical information on environmental legislation and carbon reduction.

Energy Saving Trust Scotland

Energy Saving Trust UK
Provides services for smaller businesses including an advisory service, free energy audits and loans for carbon reduction and renewable energy infrastructure.

Green Business Partnership
Offers free and subsidised assistance to SMEs in Scotland. Members benefit from free events, training, discounts and more. Non-member online resources include useful FAQ.

Forum for the Future
This not-for-profit organisation works globally with businesses to find new opportunities to increase sustainability.

Global Action Plan
International charity whose services include guiding large organisations in employee engagement, strategic advice on lowering carbon footprints, training and communications.

Transport advice

Choose Another Way
Scottish initiative to help businesses cut their emissions from transport. Includes a guide to developing a travel plan, carbon calculator and resources for conducting travel surveys.

Ways 2 Work
Also provides practical guidance in promoting sustainable travel for businesses, targeted towards businesses in England and Wales. Includes guidance on travel planning and cycle to work schemes.

Waste advice

Zero Waste Scotland
Online resources include directory of local reuse and recycling services in Scotland, and a dedicated section for SMEs.

WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme)
Includes a UK-wide recycling services directory, downloadable workplace posters, info and advice on waste management.

Changeworks also offer free advisory services to Scottish businesses, recycling collections and training as well as online info on reducing carbon.


Vibes Awards

Guardian Sustainable Business Awards

UK Awards for Excellence

This guidance is based on evidence from a research project funded by the Scottish Government, Defra and the 2020 Climate Group. The research drew on interviews with practitioners and 10 case studies in organisations around the UK. The full report and case studies are now available on the Scottish Government's website


Email: Jonathan Waite