Using our natural resources more sustainably.

Set against increasing consumption, fuelled by the growth in population and in disposable incomes, economic growth and prosperity will be limited by the world’s diminishing supply of natural resources.

Business can take action by creating more responsible products and services, reducing energy and water use, becoming more resilient to risks such as flooding and by reducing waste and participating in the circular economy.

7 steps to develop and implement your own sustainability strategy


Understand how your business’ future success will be impacted by environmental risks and opportunities, such as access to critical resources and climate change


Analyse the environmental impacts of your products and services full lifecycle and intervene to make improvements that yield business and environmental benefits


Prioritise actions over the short, medium and long term and develop a strategy that moves your business closer to a net positive impact


Build a sense of ownership by identifying and empowering champions across the business, encouraging innovation by embedding environmental improvements within reward structures


Take action to implement your strategy, monitoring outcomes, measuring impact and reporting on progress


Engage your suppliers, not just in mitigating environmental risks but in innovating new solutions and opportunities


Use your marketing activity to reach your customers and engage them in reducing the environmental impacts of your products/services



5 areas on which to collaborate with others to solve shared challenges


Enable your business and UK PLC to build an energy secure future by investing in distributed energy networks


Turn waste into opportunity and help drive the transition to a circular economy


Manage your relationship with water, both quality and quantity (too much and too little), to ensure access to this essential resource


Value, protect and enhance natural capital to ensure that the assets and services we rely on for prosperity are preserved and improved


Prepare for potential emergencies such as flooding so that you minimise damage and recover more quickly


Related progammes

River Ouse Floods - York, England - Craig Greenwood licensed under CC Hotel Carbon Measurement Initative Water Programme

Business Emergency Recovery Group

Helping businesses to get back on their feet after an emergency. Together with BITC’s wider network of members and partners, BERG aims to provide the helping hand needed to speed recovery.

Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative

The Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI) is a credible, comprehensive framework by which hotels can measure and report their carbon footprint.

International Disaster Relief

The frequency and intensity of disasters will increase over the coming decades. We support business to scale up its response to such events.

Water Programme

The first in a series of collaborations that aim to explore the issues and opportunities around providing high quality, affordable, sustainable supplies of life’s essentials – water, energy, food and connectivity.


Leadership Teams



Estelle Brachlianoff


Jeremy Hicks


Mike Still, Chair of BERG

Environment Leadership Team

Chair: Estelle Brachlianoff, Executive Vice-President UK & Ireland, Veolia

Marketplace Leadership Team

Chair: Jeremy Hicks, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover

BERG Leadership Team

Chair: Mike Still, Managing Director, Client Service, UK and Ireland, Corporate Practice, Marsh



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