More than ever before, businesses are required to make transformational changes as a vital component of tackling the twin biodiversity and climate crises. However knowing the right steps to take, or sometimes even where to begin, is not always an easy task for businesses, whether large or small.
To help businesses, on whatever stage of their journey they might be, the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital has created this website, a free resource to help businesses build nature and climate into decision-making processes. This will be essential for Scotland's business contribution to progressing the Sustainable Development Goals, and to ultimately take the positive steps we need for our planet.
We hope that businesses will use this website to find suitable suggestions, implement actions, spark conversations, and to share ideas. Please see below for the different ways businesses can get in touch with the Scottish Forum about any aspect of this project.
To get started simply click on any item in the wheel below to start exploring our 100 suggestions. We have divided the suggestions into five categories to make browsing easy.
The categories are Your Community, Your Supply Chain, Your Employees, Your Business, Your Leadership. We have also included tags to help you navigate, including For SMEs (Small and Medium Sized Enteprises), Quick Wins, and others!
Once you have clicked on an item on the wheel you can start browsing our 100 suggestions. Each suggestion will open in a new window that also suggests other related content within the website, as well as external links. To return to the wheel simply click the circle in the centre. Happy exploring!
We would like you to share with us your thoughts about this website, and also any plans you have to follow-up on the actions. There are a number of ways that you can get in touch to give feedback.
Finally, feel free to leave us a comment on the social links or contact us using the details at the foot of this page to give your feedback and let others know your plans!
The "100 Business Actions for Nature" suggestions have been made by the steering group of the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital. A huge thanks to each member organisation, and those individuals within, who gave their time and thought to help produce this guide. A special thanks to the North East Scotland Biodiversity Partnership, who assisted our steering group with a number of suggestions.
Click on a category within the wheel to filter the entries below.
Develop a natural capital account for your business practices or land-holdings to better understand the value of the natural environment, and inform decision-making processes....Find out more
Promote active travel, (walking; cycling; scooting). It is not only better for the planet it provides exercise and is more fun too. Consider a cycling to work scheme to purchase tax-free bikes, (including electric bike options) cycle safety and rep...Find out more
Get nature and climate change on the agenda for your next board meeting, and make it a standing item in the future....Find out more
Look for opportunities to collaborate with local businesses....Find out more
Create a carbon management plan - use nature based carbon offsets...Find out more
Take part in surveys to provide environmental data vital to scientists across Scotland....Find out more
SCDI provide case study videos for SMEs to follow in 5 easy steps, to start your own journey to net zero and a nature-rich future....Find out more
Speak with your customers about the steps you’re taking...Find out more
Embrace flexible working longer-term. This can reduce transport time and climate footprint!...Find out more
Green your premises and encourage other local businesses to do the same, or join a network of climate leaders to share your own journey as a business....Find out more
Meeting the twin climate and biodiversity crises starts with us as individuals....Find out more
Actions for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs)...Find out more
Have a competition among your employees to promote nature-friendly lifestyle ideas....Find out more
Give some time volunteering - opportunities in the outdoors!...Find out more
Green your premises indoors, to meet climate and nature crises and also make savings!...Find out more
There are an ever-increasing number of green infrastructure options for your building externally....Find out more
Bird-feeders, bird boxes, and bird watching! - Help our feathered friends...Find out more
Conduct a nature/natural capital audit of your business...Find out more
Include questions about why nature and climate change matter when interviewing applicants for jobs...Find out more
Join businesses of all sizes across the UK who are committing to cut carbon emissions and protect the planet....Find out more
Membership of the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital is free and open to public, private and voluntary organisations....Find out more
Make your land work for nature...Find out more
Create a nature champion on your board...Find out more
Grow or buy sustainably produced, local, and nature-friendly food....Find out more
On premises...Find out more
Make a donation to a local school to buy wildflower seed, nest boxes and other materials to help nature and promote outdoor learning and attainment....Find out more
Feed the bees! - Plant for pollinators...Find out more
Write to your industry body, or the Scottish Government, and ask what action they’re taking to tackle the nature and climate crises...Find out more
Build nature and climate change into your procurement policies...Find out more
Give opportunities to your staff to volunteer to help nature in local communiites...Find out more
Buy more environmentally friendly products...Find out more
Quick win actions...Find out more
Build green roofs, living green walls and rain gardens into your buildings or designs for others....Find out more
Become an exemplar, and share your story with the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital and Business in the Community Scotland....Find out more
Ask questions of your suppliers to let them know the environment is a topic that’s important to you...Find out more
Review your business supply chain to highlight impacts and dependencies on nature....Find out more
Support measures to enhance or restore the habitat of local species related to your industry....Find out more
Help improve local greenspaces in your community for people and nature....Find out more
Survey as you work – encourage staff to look for and submit wildlife records from their commute, their grounds, or out their office window!...Find out more
Appoint sustainability champions to develop an action plan and encourage change...Find out more
Develop a sustainable food policy for your meetings and events...Find out more
Develop and implement a sustainable travel policy...Find out more
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SMEs make up more than 90% of the UK business population and so their effort and commitment is vital if we are to reach our carbon emissions targets....Find out more
Remember to turn off lights and equipment and power down computers at night....Find out more
Give some time – volunteering opportunities in the outdoors with a conservation charity....Find out more
Promote spending time in nature to increase employee wellbeing....Find out more
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