BTEC UNIT 1 Business Environment

The aim of this unit is to provide learners with an understanding of different organisations, the influence of stakeholders and the relationship between businesses and the local, national and global environments.
Organisations have a variety of
On successful completion of this lecture a learner will:
LO.1:Understand the organisational purposes of Business
UNIT LESSON PLAN–This is crucially following the actual unit contents, otherwise known
as Assessment Criteria (AC).

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BTEC UNIT 1 Business Environment


Consumer Protection Act

The Consumer Protection Act 1987 provides a civil right of compensation for defective goods and protects the consumer against misleading pricing.

In addition the Act introduced several provisions that relate to distance selling. This includes selling via the Internet. In essence the Act says that

  • consumers must be given clear information
  • purchases must be confirmed by the supplier
  • consumers must be given time to change their minds about the purchase

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

The Health and Safety at Work Act is designed to protect employees. The original Act, and its many added regulations, covers the range of hazards an employee may face from the erection of scaffolding to the handling of hazardous materials.

Disability Discrimination Act

The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 was enforced to ensure that disability was not a bar to any access to any publicly available resource.

This may include such physical alterations as adding ramps for wheelchairs to buildings. It also, however, includes rules that regulate other types of resource such as a web page.

Global Warming

Under the terms of the Act web pages cannot discriminate against disabled users by, for example, using a tiny typeface that may discriminate against visually impaired users of the site.Global warming is already having significant and harmful effects on our communities, our health, and our climate. Sea level rise is accelerating. The number of large wildfires is growing. Dangerous heat waves are becoming more common. Extreme storm events are increasing in many areas. More severe droughts are occurring in others.

We must take immediate action to address global warming or these consequences will continue to intensify, grow ever more costly, and increasingly affect the entire planet—including you, your community, and your family.

Global warming is happening now. The planet’s temperature is rising. The trend is clear and unmistakable.

Every one of the past 37 years has been warmer than the 20th century average. The 12 warmest years on record have all occurred since 1998. The hottest year ever recorded for the contiguous United States occurred in 2012.

Globally, the average surface temperature has increased more than one degree Fahrenheit since the late 1800s. Most of that increase has occurred over just the past three decades.

We are the cause. We are overloading our atmosphere with carbon dioxide, which traps heat and steadily drives up the planet’s temperature. Where does all this carbon come from? The fossil fuels we burn for energy—coal, natural gas, and oil—plus the loss of forests due to deforestation, especially in the tropics.

The scientific evidence is clear. Within the scientific community, there is no debate. An overwhelming majority of climate scientists agree that global warming is happening and that human activity is the primary cause.

Impact of Global warming

Global warming is already having significant and costly effects – and these consequences will only intensify as the planet’s temperature continues to rise.

Accelerating Sea Level Rise Global warming is accelerating the rate of sea level rise and dramatically increasing coastal flooding risks, especially on the U.S. East Coast and Gulf of Mexico.

Longer and More Damaging Wildfire Seasons Wildfires are increasing and wildfire season is getting longer in the Western U.S. as temperatures rise.

More Frequent and Intense Heat Waves Dangerously hot weather is already occurring more frequently than it did 60 years ago.

Costly and Growing Health Impacts Climate change has significant implications for our health, including increased air pollution and a longer and more intense allergy season.

Heavier Precipitation and Flooding As temperatures increase, more rain falls during the heaviest downpours, increasing the risk of flooding events.

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