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Governments should sponser educational programs for businesses to learn how to be sustainable, environmentally, socially and financially.

Much of my research throughout University and within business has lead me to believe that many organisations do not act sustainably simply because they do not know how. The basic skills are lacking because businesses, especially SME's do not have the knowledge set to develop sustainable business models. Should governments look to develop educational support programs for businesses to gain these skill sets and offer incentives such as tax breaks and acceditation for those businesses that attend and can show that they have implemented what they have learnt? This would not only encourage a much wider buy in of SME's in sustainable action but would also go further by helping to develop a business culture of sustainability.

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That's like Ecuador offering the US human rights training. A useful, classy way to say "Go fuck yourself," but not much practical use.

It's not up to the government. It's up to the consumers to demand that businesses practice ethical standards. It's not that hard to learn how to be "self-sustaining". All you need is a computer and internet access. There's no training needed. I think we have enough shit to deal with the government right now.

that would help

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