Biosphere surveys businesses over sustainability training requirements

Businesses in the Isle of Man are being surveyed over training that will help them adopt more sustainable practices.

The survey is being carried out by UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man, which is working with the Department for Enterprise, Chamber of Commerce, University College Isle of Man (UCM) and the One World Centre.

Responses will be used by UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man to put together a pilot training programme for businesses in 2021.

Encouraging sustainable development is one of the main aims of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere programme globally.

Businesses are being asked which areas they’d like assistance in, what format training should take and when it should be held.

They are also asked whether they would welcome a UCM undergraduate student for a placement to support their sustainability work.

Geoffrey Boot MHK, Minister for Environment, Food and Agriculture, said: ‘Our UNESCO Biosphere status encourages us to have an eye on the future and adopt sustainable practices.

‘Businesses large and small can make a huge difference to sustainability in many areas but we understand they may not have in-house knowledge and may benefit from expert advice.

‘We plan to host pilot training sessions tailored to businesses’ needs and the survey will help us to shape this training.’

To take part in the survey, click here.

The deadline to reply is Friday 4th December 2020.

Businesses that are Partners of UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man have already benefited from webinars at which examples of sustainable practice have been shared, and have their own social media area to discuss shared challenges and solutions.

To find out more about Partnership, visit

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