CATEGORY 2: IMPACT AWARENESS SMES
GREEN SME OF THE YEAR
– SPONSORED BY NEW INDIA ASSURANCE
There is no single definition of a green business, but generally, it’s a business whose core business model addresses an environmental or social issue – this is, it improves energy or resource efficiency, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, decreases waste or pollution, protects or restores ecosystems, promotes local culture, or supports communities. Source: GGGI – Guide to Green Entrepreneurship in Fiji
The concept “green business” is composed of two elements – “green” and “business”. As all business, green business is about making money. But “green” means doing so while sustainably harnessing opportunities that nature holds, and without harming the environment. Source: Green Business Booklet (ILO)
ELIGIBILITY AND JUDGING CRITERIA:
To apply for any of the awards in this category, your business should first be able to demonstrate it meets the
Judging criteria includes evidence that demonstrates SME being “Green”. A Green SME would be that business whose internal decisions/operations/processes are “green” (eco-friendly and sustainable production/ delivery). This includes assessing a business’ output/ goods/services to be “green” including either the causes or/and impacts (mitigation/adaptation) of climate change.
Judging criteria includes evidence that demonstrates use or sales of eco-friendly materials, decisions and/or processes.
This extends to internal decisions/operations/ processes/or output/goods/services to promote or practice all or some of the following: minimum/proper waste & water management, efficient/clean energy, recycling, planting climate resilient crops, and climate friendly corporate social responsibility activities.
Types of SMEs that can apply for this award:
Examples of SMEs that can apply for this award includes: Source: GGGI – Guide to Green Entrepreneurship in Fiji