7 Examples of Sustainable Business and Innovation: Inspiring Ideas for Applied Sustainability Management

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Are you interested in sustainable entrepreneurship? Do you want to learn about Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how to apply them to real-world businesses? Then the Master’s program in Applied Sustainability Management at Haarlem Campus might be the perfect fit for you! 


As a student, you’ll learn about sustainable entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). You’ll gain valuable insights into how businesses can operate sustainably while also making a profit and how to help them make the transition needed.


As sustainability becomes a more pressing issue for businesses, entrepreneurs are creating sustainable solutions that address the world’s most pressing issues. These businesses provide practical examples of how sustainable practices can be implemented in real-world situations.

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Haarlem Campus offers a Master’s program in Applied Sustainability Management, which is a study of how to apply sustainability in the business context. This master’s program is designed to let you become a driving force in the transformation toward a sustainable world and will equip you with the knowledge and competencies needed to foster sustainable innovation.

A girl working on sustainable business models.

Patagonia is a well-known outdoor apparel company that is committed to sustainability. The company has made a name for itself by producing high-quality clothing and gear that is built to last, reducing the need for frequent replacements. Additionally, Patagonia has taken steps to reduce its environmental impact by using sustainable materials and minimizing waste in its manufacturing processes.

Ecover is a company that produces cleaning products that are made from natural, renewable resources. The company’s products are free from harsh chemicals and are biodegradable, making them better for the environment than traditional cleaning products. Ecover also uses recycled materials in its packaging to reduce waste.

Tesla is a company that is leading the way in sustainable transportation. The company produces electric cars that are powered by renewable energy sources, reducing the reliance on fossil fuels. Tesla’s products are not only environmentally friendly but also sleek and stylish, proving that sustainable design can be both functional and attractive.

Seventh Generation is a company that produces household cleaning and personal care products that are environmentally friendly. The company uses renewable energy sources in its manufacturing processes and has a commitment to reducing its carbon footprint. Seventh Generation also uses recycled materials in its packaging, reducing waste and conserving resources.

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Our campus was also designed with a few sustainability metrics in mind, such as the school’s repurposed former prison location, geothermal heating system, student housing, and hybrid lessons. Read more about it in our next blog. Stay tuned! 

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The Body Shop is a cosmetics company that is committed to sustainability and social responsibility. The company uses natural and organic ingredients in its products and has a strict policy against animal testing. Additionally, The Body Shop has a commitment to sourcing its ingredients ethically, supporting local communities and small-scale producers.

Beyond Meat is a company that produces plant-based meat alternatives that are designed to taste and look like real meat. By producing plant-based meat alternatives, Beyond Meat is helping to reduce the environmental impact of traditional meat production, which is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.

The interface is a company that produces sustainable flooring solutions. The company has a commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and has made significant progress toward becoming a carbon-neutral business. Additionally, Interface has a commitment to using recycled materials in its products and has a zero-waste manufacturing policy.

To Wrap up

These seven sustainable businesses are just a few examples of the many companies that are committed to making a positive impact on the environment. As a student in the Master’s program in Applied Sustainability Management at Haarlem Campus, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about sustainable entrepreneurship and the SDGs, as well as gain hands-on experience in creating sustainable business solutions.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Master’s program in Applied Sustainability Management, we invite you to join our online or physical open day. You’ll have the opportunity to meet our faculty, learn about the program, and ask any questions you may have. Register now and take the first step towards a career in sustainable business.

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