“The SEED Winners show us a viable path to a greener economy and highlight the power of creative local business models that can inform the discussion on the post-2015 development agenda.”
former UNDP Administrator
“We salute the vision, innovation and resilience of these trailblazers as they lead the way towards a greener and more sustainable future.”
UN Under-Secretary-General & former UNEP Executive Director
Poverty, (youth) unemployment, inequality, food insecurity and environmental degradation are major challenges our world is facing, and which the SDGs are targeting.
Small and growing enterprises account for over 90% of all businesses and provide more than 60% of total employment globally. These enterprises tend to employ a larger share of women, youth and people from poorer populations. The enterprises that we support at SEED provide practical solutions through their value chains, products and services to secure water and sanitation for all, ensure affordable and sustainable energy, and develop inclusive, sustainable communities. With their sustainable production patterns, these enterprises successfully protect, restore and promote the availability of resources for future generations.
Scroll over each SDG to discover how SEED programmes and eco-inclusive enterprises support the joint achievement of these goals:
While working directly with enterprises in our Direct Enterprise Support programmes, we have gathered ample evidence of the contributions of eco-inclusive entrepreneurship to poverty eradication and sustainable economic development.
Although significant progress towards UN Development Goals have been made, further Ecosystem Building support through multi-stakeholder collaboration is required to enable these enterprises to more effectively and efficiently deliver their products and services for our joint achievement of the SDGs by 2030.
Read our insights into SDG achievement
Over the years, we have published articles, blogs and publications on the contribution of eco-inclusive entrepreneurship towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
Recovering better: Global opportunities to jumpstart the real economyDate published: 30 July 2020
SEED Award Winner Fang Thai Factory Featured on International Climate Initiative (IKI)Date published: 20 February 2020
SEED Low Carbon Award 2019 finalist Stonesoup featured on 'the better India'Date published: 26 January 2020
Beyond impact: Eco-inclusive enterprises advancing the SDGsDate published: 16 January 2020
World Environmental Health Day 2018: Promoting Sustainable Food Production through Eco-Inclusive EntrepreneurshipDate published: 25 September 2018
SEED side-event at UN High-Level Political Forum 2018Date published: 04 July 2018
Celebrating Female Entrepreneurship on International Women’s Day 2018Date published: 07 March 2018
Find out about upcoming SEED events and workshops which catalyse entrepreneurship to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.
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SEED's activities around Sustainable Development Goal achievement through eco-inclusive entrepreneurship are primarily supported by the Government of Flanders.
Join us in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
Multi-stakeholder collaboration that involves and promotes smaller enterprises at the base of our global economy will be key in reaching the goals set in the SDGs. Support eco-inclusive entrepreneurship with us as we facilitate the design of financing and capacity-building instruments that enable small and growing enterprises to make meaningful contributions towards the SDGs.