Advancing Business Sustainability Report

A Sustainability Maturity Assessment of Queensland Business

Sustainability is increasingly important globally. Governments are committing to net zero targets and other environmental goals, consumers are demanding sustainable products, and larger corporations are seeking ‘green’ supply chains. Getting ahead in implementing sustainable practices can set businesses apart from their competition, boost their efficiency, improve their ability to withstand challenges, and benefit their community and the environment.


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Adopting sustainable business practices now is simply smart business

The successful integration of sustainable business practices is challenging for many small and medium businesses and enterprises (SMEs). Limited resources, a lack of information, regulatory barriers, and internal organisational barriers were identified, in the literature and through our findings, as significant barriers to implementing sustainable business practices.

Our findings show many Queensland businesses are motivated and ready to take ownership of sustainability but are lacking the tools and information needed to track their performance and take accountability in this space. There are significant challenges businesses need support in addressing to fully capture the opportunities that come with sustainable business practices.

The sustainable transformation of the Queensland economy provides an opportunity for significant growth. In this report we outline what businesses can do to progress their sustainability maturity, and the role that government must play in best supporting businesses at each stage of their sustainability journey


The Report Covers

  • Top reasons for businesses to advance their sustainability maturity
  • What does sustainability mean to Queensland businesses?
  • What is Business Chamber Queensland doing in this space?
  • Existing programs for SMEs
  • Barriers to Sustainable Practices
  • Sustainable practices implemented by Queensland businesses in the last 12 months
  • Ecochain Sustainability Path for Businesses2
  • Survey findings from businesses on sustainability
  • 3 Case studies
  • Resources available to businesses to assist them on their sustainability journey.

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B & C Plastics | A business sustainability story

Tens of thousands of plastic paint pails destined for landfill have been recycled into new products designed for the original consumer, with a Brisbane business leading a ‘true circular economy’. 

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Acknowledgement of Country

Business Chamber Queensland respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Owners and custodians of the lands from across Queensland and the Torres Strait. We acknowledge the Jagera and Turrbal people as the Traditional Custodians of Meanjin (Brisbane), the lands where our office is located and the place we meet, work and learn. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.