Examples of key sustainability issues.
|Environmental issues||Social issues||Economic issues|
|Emissions to air (e.g. greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide and other pollutants)||Encouraging a diverse base of suppliers (e.g. minority or underrepresented suppliers)||Job creation (e.g. green technologies, creating markets for recycled products, back to work schemes)|
|Releases to water (e.g. chemical pollution of water courses)||Promoting fair employment practices (e.g. fair wages, workforce equality, diversity, avoidance of bonded labour)||Understanding whole life costs to achieve value for money|
|Releases to land (e.g. chemical fertilizers)||Promoting workforce welfare (e.g. health and safety, trade union membership)||Supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) (e.g. facilitating opportunities for small businesses)|
|Use of raw materials and natural resources (e.g. sustainable forestry, biodiversity)||Enabling training opportunities and skills development (e.g. apprenticeships)||Reducing entry barriers (e.g. facilitating open competition)|
|Use of energy (e.g. energy efficiency, renewables)||Community benefits (e.g. supporting community groups, volunteering)||Ensuring operating business remains a viable operation able to provide employment|
|Energy emitted (e.g. heat, radiation, vibration, noise)||Fair trade and ethical sourcing practices (e.g. fair pricing policies)||Ensuring suppliers' agreements are at fair and viable margins|
|Waste and by-products (e.g. recycling and waste prevention)||Ensuring business continuity (e.g. supply chain resilience)|
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