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Business English – Sustainable Business

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 @ 10:01 AM
posted by Jo

This is the preparation material for a Business English conversation topic about Sustainable Business.  Sustainable business (or green business) is doing business in a way that has no negative impact on the local or global environment, community or society.  In general, a business is sustainable if it considers sustainability when making business decisions, supplies environmentally friendly products or services and has made a commitment to environmental principles in its business operations.  Nowadays, more and more companies are trying to conduct their business in a sustainable way. 

Video about Sustainable Business

  • What do you think about Unilever’s strategy?
  • Would you be more likely to buy a Unilever product knowing that they working to improve their environmental impact?
  • What do you think is meant by ‘growth at any cost’?

Vocabulary

Nouns Adjectives Verbs
Sustainability

Environment

Resources

Development

Strategy

Regulations

Carbon footprint

Consumers

Supply Chain

Ethical

Sustainable

Unsustainable

Renewable

Non-renewable

Responsible

Wasteful

Environmentally friendly

Reduce

Cut down

Develop

Value

Recycle

Produce

Conversation Questions

  • Have you ever worked for a company with good sustainable practices?
  • What are some of the things the company did to reduce their environmental impact?
  • Would you work for a company that was known to have a bad environmental record?
  • What are some ways that companies can decrease the environmental harm caused by the production of their goods?
  • What are some ways that companies can decrease the environmental impact of packaging?
  • Do you think the transition from letter writing to email writing has reduced companies’ environmental impact?
  • What should companies consider regarding the transport of their products?
  • Do you think that companies who are more environmentally friendly have lower profits?
  • Would you be prepared to pay a higher price for a product that is more environmentally friendly?
  • Do you think companies should be forced to report on their environmental impact?
  • Should all CEOS be trained in environmental issues?
  • Do you think environmental issues are mainly the responsibility of the managers and directors or are employees also responsible?
  • What could employees do if management is not committed to helping the environment?
  • Do you think consumers really care about sustainability?
  • What incentives do you think would encourage consumers to buy more environmentally friendly goods?
  • Do you think the labelling of products would help?
  • Should companies be forced to reduce their environmental impact or should it be optional?
  • Do you think more regulations deliver a sustainable world?
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