“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
While working directly with enterprises in our Direct Enterprise Support programmes, we have gathered a wealth of evidence and helped to optimise the contributions of eco-inclusive entrepreneurship to poverty eradication and sustainable economic development. Although significant progress towards UN Sustainable Development Goals has 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 SDGs by 2030.
We invite you to read our perspectives, share your own and optimise the impacts of eco-inclusive entrepreneurship through collaboration, policy advocacy and sustainable financing solutions.
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 and are sometimes the only source of employment in rural communities. A dynamic private sector, driven by locally-led social and environmental enterprises creates green jobs, stimulates local economies, strengthens communities and enhances environmentally sound management practices. 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:
Read our insights into SDG achievement
Over the years we have published multiple news, blogs and publications on the role of eco-inclusive entrepreneurship in our joint achievement of global Sustainable Development Goals.
World Environmental Health Day 2018: Promoting Sustainable Food Production through Eco-Inclusive EntrepreneurshipDate published: 25 September 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.
Reach Sustainable Development Goals with us
The achievement of global SDGs depends on multi-stakeholder collaboration that involves and promotes smaller enterprises at the base of our global economy. Support eco-inclusive entrepreneurship with us as we facilitate the design of financing and capacity-building instruments that include small and growing enterprises in markets and provide these enterprises with platforms to be heard during high-level discussions.