Success through sustainability

A free council funded business sustainability program on Sydney’s North Shore supporting businesses in Ku-ring-gai, North Sydney and Willoughby offering free independent advice and support to help your business thrive and be more successful through sustainability.

Through the Buy Better Buy Local initiative, we highlight accredited Better Businesses within our program to the local community to build your business and attract more customers. Search for better businesses in the Find a Better Business Directory.


The BBP program assesses businesses in 9 areas of business sustainability encompassing Environmental, Social and Economic. Each business is baselined with an online assessment and then a follow up consultation with a business sustainability coach to support you on your sustainability journey.


Energy efficiency is a number one for business no matter what source of energy is used as one of the largest costs of any business is energy costs.  Being efficient with energy and ensuring that behaviours, practices and purchases of energy efficient equipment are prioritised to save money in the short and long term.  Where possible moving to solar power will greatly reduce business energy costs over the longer term. 

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Business Health

Business Health addresses the fundamentals that are necessary for any business, big or small, to ensure it is able to develop and grow in a sustainable manner.

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Water efficiency and reducing water usage is becoming a critical issue for all businesses, especially in Australia with our fluctuating and unpredictable climate conditions.  For businesses that use a significant amount of water in the course of doing business, monitoring and taking steps to be more efficient with water use and reuse or recycle it where possible are key objectives.

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Minimising waste produced by the business and avoiding waste going to landfill are both key objectives of the BBP program.  The beginnings of circular economy principles, re-using and re-purposing of materials otherwise considered to be a waste product are also growth areas.

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Every business purchases goods, products and services as part of doing business.  The purpose of this section of the program is to encourage businesses to use the power they wield as a purchaser to source ethical, sustainably sourced and environmentally friendly products.  This ensures that the business has a clean supply chain throughout and can reinforce your business reputation as a truly Better business! 

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Bye-Bye Plastic

The “BYE-BYE PLASTIC HELLO BYO” section encourages businesses to become aware of the insidious nature of single use plastic in any business and looks at ways to reduce its reliance on single use plastic and replace with reusable items instead.

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Staff are the biggest variable cost of a business and should be the most valuable asset to any business.  Accordingly once a business starts to grow its team, it is imperative to ensure you recruit the right team members as they are a major investment and then continue to support and develop them to ensure their contributions and efforts continue to deliver value back into the business.

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Every business needs to engage with its community to deepen connections with its customer base and make the business a great place for staff.  From simple actions such as demonstrating support for groups in need in the community, social and environmental causes to creating a formal corporate social responsibility strategy.

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Sustainable Transport looks at the transport-related fossil fuel emissions produced as a product, either directly or indirectly as result of doing business.  This may be in how your staff and customers get to and from the workplace or to locations necessary in the course conducting business, or in relation to the goods and products that are used in the business.  

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Browse accredited businesses in our Buy Better Buy Local directory,

or find out how to get your business accredited below.



Do the online assessment to find out how sustainable your business is

are you in North Sydney, Ku-ring-gai or Willoughby?

Your business is eligible for accreditation as a Better Business to be rewarded for your sustainability achievements.

improve your sustainability performance

Work on simple actions to improve the performance of your business in a sustainable way!


BBP is a free local business program funded by local councils which helps eligible local businesses to flourish through sustainability and be rewarded.

It is a one-stop shop for all programs, events, rebates and supports relating to sustainability from all levels of government.

BBP takes the hard work out of sustainability for small business within our program areas.

A dedicated BBP Program Manager for each council provides tailored support to help your business to be more successful!

Whether it is saving you energy, water or reducing your 

waste costs, increasing staff and community engagement or buying better through sustainable purchasing, there are lots of opportunities!

The bi-annual Better Business Awards reward and recognise the champions of sustainability in a range of categories, celebrating local sustainable business success.

The Better Business Partnership fosters collaboration and cooperation among its members, connecting like minded forward thinking businesses and organisations to foster knowledge sharing, business opportunities and meaningful friendships through face to face and online events.


Better Business Partnership is open to businesses of all types and sizes.

We have 9 broad business and industry categories encompassing Retail Product and Services, Food Services, Childcare, Office-based, Pubs, Clubs Leisure and Fitness, Shopping Centres and Markets, Light Commercial and Manufacturing, Social Enterprise and Community.

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