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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’?


Nouns Adjectives Verbs






Carbon footprint


Supply Chain








Environmentally friendly


Cut down





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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