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Welcome to the website for Professional Practice for Sustainable Development (PP4SD)

PP4SD is a project dedicated to promoting sustainable practice among professionals, through developing and disseminating continuing professional development materials and events that encourage
cross-professional dialogue.

PP4SD is a partnership project managed by the following organisations:

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Concept Paper

Delivering Sustainable Retail

The retail industry has a disproportionate influence over society and the economy through its marketing, regular customer transaction and global supply chains. With this influence comes great potential and a degree of responsibility to contribute positively to the UK’s transition to a path of sustainable development. A growing number of retailers are anchoring sustainability principles into their business plans and working to reduce the environmental impact of their supply chains and internal operations. However there are still problems communicating sustainability messages to the workforce. PP4SD has produced a concept paper to inspire and accelerate a move toward comprehensive and consistent sustainability strategies among businesses in the retail sector. We will be working with key stakeholders in the retail sector to produce a pilot training programme to help retail businesses and related organisations to engage and motivate their workforces at all levels to think and act sustainably.


Safeguarding the Future

Funding secured from the EU, has allowed the Swansea University PP4SD team to design a series of workbooks to help individuals working in small and medium-sized enterprises to incorporate sustainable development into their business operations. The four sectors tackled were Environmental Management, Fisheries Management, Aquaculture, and the Agricultural Manufacturing Sector. You can order your own free copy here.


Sustainability Journal

An edition of the Environmental Scientist: Changing Landscapes in Sustainability has been published by the Institution of Environmental Sciences. This journal investigates the future direction of sustainability, in an uncertain world and can be downloaded by clicking on the image to the right. You can order your own copy here.


Values Report

Last year, PP4SD explored how values and emotions can be engaged to support a more sustainable lifestyle in a one-day workshop. From purely personal to institutional, our values both inhibit and promote progressl. PP4SD embarked on this project to understand these obstacles and opportunities and to integrate them into a new CPD programme. Download the report here.

Bring change to your organisation

PP4SD responds to calls from a diverse range of organisations to aid the integration of sustainability principles into their business practice and operations.

Our approach to developing CPD programmes is based on thorough consultation with the recipient organisation to identify the specific training needs and the best way to meet these requirements.

If your organisation is seeking to embed sustainability into its way of doing business, please see our Enquiries page for our contact details or fill out our enquiry form.

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Thinking & Acting Sustainably: A Model of a 21st Century Professional


A new training manual for sustainability, aimed at professionals working in the voluntary, public and private sectors. The course includes everything required for a trainer to deliver a one-day course, including pre-reading reading material, slides and handouts. Buy it here for £12.99. Download a leaflet to find out more.