Sustainable Business Australia World Business Council for Sustainable Development
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ABOUT
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History
Impact and Outcomes
Management
Structure
Values

Structure

How is SBA constituted?

SBA is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, and owned by its members. Unlike other sustainability focused organisations it is not a proprietary company of an environmental, engineering or business consultancy service.

Our not-for-profit status underpins the fact that we are a mission-driven 'community of purpose' organisation. Our not-for-profit status provides credibility with both member companies and the wide range of stakeholders with whom we work.

Our not-for-profit status also strengthens our ability to receive funding from foundations and public-sector organisations for grant-supported work that is central to our mission. For example, SBA is supported by one of Australia's leading philanthropic organisations, the Purves Environmental Fund

Finally our not-for-profit status ensures that we invest all of our earnings to further develop the purpose of our members, enabling us to pursue our mission.

Why is SBA a corporate-based organisation?

SBA is a corporate-based, rather than solely CEO-led organization because this provides a highly valuable way for us to pursue SBA's mission and support stronger sustainability performance by business. This model reflects our view that we can achieve SBA's mission through a combination of working with a variety of individuals within companies and public sector agencies, groups of companies and associations and cross-sector partnerships.

Our member companies can make great progress towards their sustainable business objectives, not only by drawing on the skills and experience of SBA's team, but by tapping into the collective intelligence of SBA's unique member company network. This network-based model has grown in importance over the past two decades, and it is now recognised widely as one of the essential means of making progress in the interconnected 21st century world.

We have found repeatedly over two decades of activity that we have been able to promote SBA's mission by enabling best-practice sharing across industry sectors, building value chain solutions, and catalysing industry wide action. Finally, our member companies embrace the notion that many elements of the sustainability agenda are "pre-competitive" matters that benefit from shared action.

How does SBA differ from other Australian organisations?

Many trade and business associations exist to represent the interests of their members. We exist for a different purpose: to help business incubate and advance more sustainable models.

SBA does not "represent" individual member company's interests.

While organisations that take this approach can provide a valuable service, our model allows us to promote leadership actions, regardless of whether the majority or consensus view of our members is in agreement.

SBA breaks with the overly-simplistic dichotomy that says business opposes green policy initiatives and regulations, and that only Green NGOs promote and support them. The reality is that polluting externalities and the emerging nature of innovative technologies, along with the investment appetite to support them means that the low-carbon economy, for example, is led by and dependent upon supportive policy at this stage of its development.

SBA believes Australia should demonstrate to the rest the world what an economically and environmentally efficient, equitable and robust carbon price mechanism can do to deliver resource efficient and resilient economic growth.

Finally, we believe that it is important to partner with those organisations that share SBA's values. So in 2011 SBA entered into an MoU with a national community organisation, APEX Australia to educate, develop and promote the significance of, and opportunities for, business in the national regional sustainable development agenda, the first agreement of its kind in Australia.

Sustainable Business Australia supports innovative industries and new jobs for green economies
T: +61 (0)2 8267 5782 | E: sba@sba.asn.au | Legion House, Level 2, 161 Castlereagh Street, Sydney NSW 2000 Australia