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Small business sustainability hub

Grow your business. Shrink your carbon footprint. Our sustainability hub is regularly updated with the latest resources, tools and information to help your small business prepare for changes, go green and be more sustainable.

The race to a net zero economy by 2050 has begun. We’re making sure small businesses aren’t left out of the big picture. 

In November 2021, the UK hosted the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow to discuss plans to work towards carbon neutrality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. At FSB, we’re supporting small business owners and the self-employed to understand how you can play your part and make a difference today for tomorrow.

Start your journey today

 Together with our media partners Bauer Media Group and Mail Metro Media, we're working to support small businesses with resources, events and support to help them on their journey to net zero. Make sure you never miss an update by subscribing to our newsletter.

Download the guide

Download the guide

Download our free guide and find out how you can start your journey to net zero. It's packed with practical advice and tips to help you reduce your carbon footprint and make a difference for tomorrow.

Watch the conference

Watch the conference

Recorded during the COP26 climate conference, this event explores the significant role small businesses will play in the transition to net zero. Watch on-demand to find out how you can start your journey.

Read the report

Read the report

Read our key findings and recommendations to Government in our report, Accelerating Progress: Empowering small businesses on the journey to net zero

Browse sustainability resources

Browse sustainability resources

Find our frequently updated guides and resources designed to help you start your journey to net zero.

Visit the Zero Carbon Business Portal

Support and advice for small businesses. Find primers, guides, sector specific information and links to local support.

Make your commitment

The UK Government invites you to sign up to show your commitment to net zero and find the tools you need to get there.

Why and how small businesses can offset their carbon emissions

Our podcast explores why an increasing number of small businesses are looking to measure and offset their carbon emissions and how you can begin to do so for your small business. Produced in partnership with JustCarbon, a blockchain-based carbon marketplace, that simplifies offsetting carbon emissions through the purchase of carbon tokens.

Listen now: Apple | Spotify | Google | Overcast | Amazon | Buzzsprout

Supporting the race to net zero

No matter how small your business or what industry you are in, your commitment can make a real difference – to the planet, to your customers and your running costs.

Small businesses will need to play a huge role in achieving this, and so FSB has made it clear to government that its approach to net zero policymaking must be underpinned by five fair values – or principles - that will enable and inspire us to carry out actions, together for our planet.


Climate change policies must be ambitious enough to have definite impact on the climate change challenge, both in their timescales and their scope and they must be informed by the latest scientific evidence.


Government, alongside regulators, should provide clear and accountable governance and ensure that climate change policies are coordinated.

Diversity of delivery

Government should support, empower, and incentivise smaller businesses to find their own ways to net zero targets, acknowledging that a one-size-fits-all approach to policy delivery may not work; and that a diverse set of business-led solutions and incentives will be needed.


Government must provide a level playing field, ensuring businesses of all sizes, in all sectors, across every region and nation, can contribute to a net zero economy through their innovations, their investments, and their markets.


Government climate change policies must be affordable and achievable. The costs of transition to net zero must be distributed fairly among businesses, workers, and consumers, based on their environmental impact; their ability to pay; their ability to adapt and the potential for gain.


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