Industry has proven a major force for change in society through technological improvement and it is also part of industry practice to adapt its operating policies to match the changing expectations and requirements of society. As part of this process, the concept of sustainable development is being incorporated into business operations. Australian business has become increasingly focused on its environ-mental responsibilities.The Business Council, the body which represents the Chief Executive Officers of Australia's major businesses, has taken a keen interest in the various issues which make up the environmental debate. It has now produced a set of guidelines which it believes are appropriate for Australian business to adopt in the pursuit of environmental improvement. The Business Council of Australia has undertaken a series of initiatives in order to assist in the formulation of national and international policy. These have included: