Waste to Wealth Toolkit for Action

Business in the Community have brought together a selection of resources that will help you better understand the business case for making your organisation more sustainable, as well as offering practical solutions to help you do so.

Delivering Smart Growth Report
CliNet Zero Carbon in words overlaying a dandelion headmate change and environmental degradation present risks to economic growth whilst adaptive technologies provide new market opportunities. The Smart Growth framework will support businesses to respond to policy changes at a local, national and international level. The Paris Agreement and Global Goals have set the legislative and global agenda for action internationally. In 2018 the UK Government set out a 25-year plan for the environment and city region devolution enables greater autonomy of local management for environmental issues. Each of these policies has created space for private sector engagement and collaboration. This research sets out how businesses can optimise these opportunities.

Smart Growth: Achieving Two Degrees
This report maps the journey our members have taken over the last ten years; their successes and challenges, and how they have changed the landscape along the way. We highlight where the best businesses are on this journey right now and identify the key challenges and opportunities for smart growth. Informed by thirty in-depth interviews and key data, we have documented what UK businesses are doing both to address climate change and become net carbon neutral.

The Circular Office Guide
Business in the Community’s Circular Office Initiative aspires to bring organisations together to learn, share and try out new ideas to bring the Circular Economy to life in their offices. Participants are asked to commit to taking at least one step towards greater circularity in their offices and to share their stories along the journey. The Circular Office Guide aims to help everyone involved with offices – landlords, tenants, property managers, facilities managers, procurement teams and employees– to identify opportunities and turn these into practice. It is relevant to all organisations, large and small, and from all sectors – from professional services to retailers and manufacturers. This report provides practical support on how you can embed more circular activities within your office. The guide sets out practical advice on the steps you need to take to embed circularity into your workplace accompanied with case studies from participating companies and solution providers from BITC’s Circular Resource Productivity and the Circular Economyoffice initiative.

Resource Productivity and the Circular Economy: Laying the foundations and accelerating the pace of change
This paper presents the results of consultation with BITC’s Circular Economy Taskforce on opportunities for the UK to take a leading global role in resource productivity and move to a circular economy.

Smart growth in the circular economy
Smart growth in the Circular Economy: realising the opportunities in Fortune Favours the Brave contains actions and case studies to help unlock new value from better resource management.

Smart water: a prosperous future for the food and drink supply chain
A resource for professionals with an interest in water, ecosystems, agriculture and procurement in UK food and drink companies, explaining water management in operations and agricultural supply chains.

Practical Economics: Making the economic case for stewardship
In this report, we have set out a four-point guide for businesses, on how to put in place practical measures to improve ecosystem health, alongside examples of how many businesses have already started to invest in natural capital. This is an opportunity to change the way we do business, restoring the health of our environment to support productivity and secure a resilient economy.

Healthy Ecosystems: The business case for action on soil, water and habitatsResource Productivity and the Circular Economy in test with a circular shell behind the text
This leaflet gives the business case for the food and drink industry to work with agricultural suppliers to maintain soil, water and ecosystem health, and outlines how BITC's Healthy Ecosystems Programme is working with stakeholders to take collaborative action in this area. 

Water Resilient Cities
The natural environment is inherently resilient, managing water through the water cycle; moving and storing water from the sky to the ground and then out to the rivers and oceans. Cities disrupt this natural cycle through changes in land use, climate change and urbanisation. Sustainable drainage solutions (SuDS) are one way of better managing surface water; blue and green spaces such as gardens, parks, rain gardens, ponds and wetlands can build the water resilience of urban places whilst also providing benefits to air quality, carbon reduction, health and well-being, water quality and biodiversity. By using SuDs in Manchester to disconnect areas of a site from the wastewater system, it is possible for business customers to move down a charging band and make annual financial savings.