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Sustainability is learned through on-the-job training

Sustainability has now become a subject of study. It is learned, like languages, like running a business. There are several actors involved in planning educational activities, within companies (and beyond) on environmental, economic and social sustainability. 

On several goals of the 2030 Agenda, businesses are lagging behind, worldwide. A gap between the needs of the planet and business needs to be bridged at all costs. 

The transition from the linear to the circular economy, already largely underway, needs further efforts. Not a few judging by the results achieved. There are many international standards that support the transition to the circular economy and thus to sustainable business operations. The latter are required to comply with the new standards and, first of all, to know them. 

It is for this reason that there is a proliferation of training courses aimed at companies, so that they can navigate their way through the copious production of standards and identify areas within the company that need to be rethought in a green sense. 

Consider a concrete example: a packaging company needs to keep up with modern technologies that enable environmentally sustainable packaging. 

Among the many courses aimed at businesses, those on biopolymers help companies consider the performance of these materials when applied to the field of packaging. Biopolymers are compounds of biological origin (they are prepared from plant raw materials, such as barley, rice, potatoes and other foods) and in the near future could completely replace plastics, in a variety of applications. 

Research in this area is also active on the front of agricultural waste, which is useful for creating new materials, the main feature of which is precisely environmental friendliness.

Biopolymers training is just a drop in the bucket of training activities aimed at companies, activities that support them along the road to sustainability. Courses of this kind are aimed at research and development managers, production managers or purchasing managers involved in packaging. 

In short, this training front is already very active. More and more specific pathways will have to be imagined, aimed both at professionals who are already working and at those who need to specialize, perhaps after a degree, in order to have a part in the great process of transition to sustainability.    

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