Global Future Lab for Innovation and Policy

Published: 28 June 2022
SEED and Go4SDGs jointly organise four Global Future Labs for Innovation and Policy. The Global Future Labs will bring together policy makers, intermediaries and SMEs to co-create and develop future-proof solutions. Designed to connect a community of 30 – 40 participants leveraging the expertise of key green SME stakeholders, the Global Future Labs will inform a New Green SME Action Agenda. Read more
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"Step up and act now, or step aside"

Published: 14 June 2022Authors: Arab Hoballah
The period of the last few months has been the occasion of celebrations, 50 years of Stockholm first global environment conference, 50 years of UNEP and 50 years of the Limits to Growth. At these occasions, the objectives were to take stock, assess objectively, draw lessons and define a more responsible pathway with clear actions for the near- and long-term future. Read more

Green SMEs and their Success Factors for Scale-up and Replication

Published: 31 May 2022Authors: Arab Hoballah, Mirko Zürker, Simon Mühlbauer
This report analyses small and medium-sized enterprises (hereby SMEs) with green business models and explores how selected enterprises scale and replicate their activities. Its main objective is to provide insights into the critical success factors for scaling and replication. It is intended for policymakers and intermediaries to draw direct insights from SMEs. It analyses the critical success factors for scale-up and replication of enterprise activities and highlights concrete recommendations to close existing gaps in order to maximise their contribution to the SDGs. Green SMEs can find inspiration through the case studies in the annex of this report. This report was prepared in collaboration with GO4SDGs. Read more
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Driving Green Recovery Pathways in South and Southeast Asia

Published: 06 May 2022Authors: Amar Munnolimath, Christine Meyer, Jonas Restle-Steinert, Julia Rohe-Frydrych, Mirko Zürker, Net Pornlumon Nirachatsuwan, Supapim Wannopas
The purpose of this Driving Green Recovery Pathways in South and Southeast Asia: Insights from Micro, Small, and Medium-Sized Enterprises and Intermediaries report is to showcase the importance of green and social MSMEs to drive Green Recovery and identify the supports that the intermediary and policy could provide. The insights in this report are derived from The Green Recovery Forum: Leveraging the contributions of MSMEs to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Read more
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Fostering the circular economy in India: Role of MSMEs

Published: 30 March 2022Authors: Abdullah Mohammed Atiq, Amar Munnolimath, Mehar Kaur, Shweta Gautam
This policy brief looks at the role of MSMEs in catalysing the circular economy in India, and puts forward some recommendations and policy solution prototypes to support and unlock circular economy entrepreneurship. The recommendations and prototypes were developed as part of the SEED Practitioner Labs for Policy Prototyping in India, 2021. Read more
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Komodo Water from Indonesia

Published: 21 March 2022
Komodo Water provides clean and affordable drinking water on the fresh water-scarce islands of the Komodo National Park in Indonesia. The enterprise is deeply embedded into the communities it works in, hires locally and heads the plastic-free island movement. Read more
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The Green Recovery Forum: Leveraging the contributions of MSMEs to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Published: 07 March 2022Authors: Mirko Zürker, Net Pornlumon Nirachatsuwan, Supapim Wannopas
The Green Recovery Forum: Leveraging the contributions of MSMEs to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals is a collaborative partnership between SEI, SEED, ANDE, and partners. The Forum highlights MSMEs potential and contribution to the Green Recovery, their need for support to build back economically while emphasising the MSMEs’ green and socially-inclusive approach in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Read more
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Rethinking the Role of Business in Conservation: Why Small Local Enterprises are Key to Biodiversity and Climate Action

Published: 02 March 2022Authors: Julia Rohe-Frydrych, Luis Ebert
SEED's Senior Advisor Julia Rohe-Frydrych and Enterprise Support Advisor Luis Ebert recently wrote an article that addresses the key role of small local enterprises in the struggle for biodiversity and climate action. Read more
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Deutsche Welle (DW) features Regenize for their initiative in promoting recycling

Authors: Source: Deutsche Welle (DW)
Chad Robertson and Nkazimlo Miti founded the startup Regenize in 2018 to promote recycling in the Cape Town suburb of Bridgetown and since then they have been collecting more than 2 tons of recyclable trash a month. Read more
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SEED highlights the importance of SMEs in the reforestation and climate change at Greek House Davos event

Published: 08 December 2021
SEED participated and showcased the importance of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in reforestation and climate change mitigation on Greek House Davos platform. Read more
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Nature for Life Hub 2021 features SEED replication and scale-up activities

Published: 15 November 2021
The event Nature for Life Hub 2021 took place online from 4 - 6 October 2021, bringing together activists, influencers, leaders, and businesses to share and reflect on their ambitious journey towards a nature-positive future. Read more
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Green Honey Company Limited from Ghana

Published: 10 November 2021
Green Honey Company Limited trains farms to integrate beekeeping into crop farming as a method to reduce chemical use, increase crop yield and food quality. The bee products are purchased from the farmers to provide a ready market. The bee products are then repackaged and sold to retail outlets such as supermarkets. Read more
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Stonesoup from India

Published: 10 November 2021
Stonesoup offers products to promote and create awareness on zero waste lifestyles, such as cloth pads and stemless menstrual cups that promise a rash-free, trash-free and cash-free period, alternatives to plastic like cloth bags and bees wax wraps, and wet waste composters that provide de-centralised methods of managing wet waste to homes and communities. Read more
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SEED participates in GreenCo Summit 2021

Published: 25 October 2021
The summit focused on green initiatives in the Indian industry and brought experts in the field of circular economy together to discuss the challenges and opportunities in fostering and promoting sustainable models to attain the transition towards a circular economy.   Read more

Penguatan Pasar Hijau Lokal dengan Menghubungkan Pengadaan dengan Perusahaan Berkelanjutan | Naskah Lanskap Kebijakan Indonesia

Published: 05 October 2021Authors: Andrés Olarte Peña, Camilla Shearman, Derisko Malayu Putra, Gita Syahrani, Ivy Londa, Ristika Putri
Pemerintah Indonesia telah memberikan penekanan yang kuat pada pengembangan ekonomi lokal di seluruh negeri, dan telah menempatkan langkah-langkah penting untuk menyelaraskan pengeluaran pemerintah untuk pengadaan dengan prioritas ini. Bersamaan dengan kampanye #BanggaBuatanIndonesia untuk mendorong minat dan permintaan barang dan jasa produksi dalam negeri, Peraturan Presiden Nomor 12 Tahun 2021 tentang Pengadaan Barang dan Jasa Pemerintah (“Peraturan 12/2021”) mewajibkan Kementerian, Lembaga, dan Pemerintah Daerah untuk menggunakan setidaknya 40% anggarannya untuk mendapatkan produk dalam negeri dari usaha mikro dan koperasi. Prioritas untuk mendukung usaha mikro, kecil dan menengah (UMKM) untuk mengakses pasar melalui belanja pemerintah berpotensi mendorong upaya pemulihan ekonomi di tingkat lokal dan nasional. Read more
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Jane Nakasamu from Greenbelt Energy spoke at the WTO Public Forum

Published: 04 October 2021
SEED Award 2021 recipient Greenbelt Energy's Jane Nakasamu from Zambia spoke at the WTO Public Forum on how innovations can help us build back greener. Read more
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GO4SDGs & SEED Regional Policy Labs

Published: 01 October 2021
Regional Policy Labs stimulate the development of innovative policy instruments that create enabling environments for green and social impact enterprises. Read more

Strengthening Local Green Markets by Linking Procurement and MSMEs | Policy Landscape Indonesia

Published: 28 September 2021Authors: Andrés Olarte Peña, Camilla Shearman, Derisko Malayu Putra, Gita Syahrani, Ivy Londa, Ristika Putri
The Indonesian government has placed a strong emphasis on the development of local economies across the country, and have put into place important steps to align government spending on procurement with this priority. Linking eco-inclusive MSMEs to public procurement opportunities can leverage the potential for MSMEs to drive local sustainable economic development through their growth. Read more
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SEED participates in World Circular Economy Forum (WCEF)

Published: 23 September 2021
The forum provided a platform to learn from each other and identify best practices that can create lasting results. Over the three days, the forum featured sessions to share information, experiences, and successes in promoting a more circular global economy. Read more
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Fostering the Circular Economy: Role of MSMEs | Policy Landscape Paper India

Published: 01 September 2021Authors: Amar Munnolimath, Camilla Shearman, Dr. Shilpi Kapur Bakshi, Mehar Kaur, Shweta Gautam
The Circular Economy (CE) policy context as it relates to micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in India is essential to integrating and mainstreaming the transition to the circular economy in India. Read more
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Climate Finance, Fin-techs and the Missing Middle in Thailand | Scoping Paper, Thailand 2021

Published: 16 August 2021Authors: Mirko Zürker, Net Pornlumon Nirachatsuwan
This scoping paper provides the basis for the implementation of the collaborative, multi-step process of the SEED Hack for Climate Finance in Thailand in 2021. Thailand’s high environmental richness and fastly evolving landscape of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) present a significant opportunity for the country to meet its climate action and development objectives. In particular, climate-smart SMEs- offering products and services for climate change adaptation and/or mitigation- are well-positioned to absorb and scale the environmental, social, and economic impacts of global climate finance flows in line with Thailand’s climate action objectives. Read more
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SEED and UGEFA on the platform of European Development Days (EDD) 2021

Published: 27 July 2021
The EDD 2021 opened its platform for different actors in green and inclusive transition, to connect with and discover each others activities. SEED and UGEFA hosted a joint online stand to showcase their enterprise relevant actions. Read more
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#GO4SDGs Presents: Innovative solutions for MSMEs in a green recovery

Published: 13 July 2021
#GO4SDGs Presents: Innovative solutions for MSMEs in a green recovery was an official side event at the 2021 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development hosted jointly the GGKP, SEED and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Read more
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Meet the SEED Awards 2021 Winners and Runners-up

Published: 13 July 2021
Announcing the winners of the 2021 SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development, at the UN’s High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Read more
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SEED Awards 2021 Winners

Published: 13 July 2021
The SEED Awards for Entrepreneurship in Sustainable Development is an annual awards scheme designed to identify the most innovative and promising locally led start-up eco-inclusive enterprises in developing and emerging economies. Read more
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