OECD and GIZ Workshop on green skills development during 16th International Business Forum
Istanbul, Turkey, 24th October 2013
“Our business is profitable because it is inclusive” was how Javier Flores, green and inclusive entrepreneur from Peru, framed his success when he described the benefits of integrating social and ecological aspects in his business’ bottom line. It was one of many statements about opportunities for businesses to go green and inclusive during the 16th International Business Forum (IBF) that took place last week in Istanbul.
Over 250 entrepreneurs, investors, CEOs, policymakers, NGO representatives and sustainable development experts from more than 70 countries gathered for two days to discuss this year’s IBF theme: Green and Inclusive Business – Exploring and Developing Markets for Sustainable Growth. Integrating environmental and social goals into a sustainable business model was the overarching theme for the many workshops and plenaries of the conference.
But where there is light, there is shadow as well: Many green and inclusive business face serious challenges in scaling up their business models, despite being profitable. Lack of access to finance, insufficient skills development, and inappropriate regulatory frameworks are just a few examples of barriers for green and inclusive business to grow.
Particularly the question of how to improve skills development in and for green inclusive business attracted high attention. Key results from the OECD study “Skills Development by Green and Inclusive SMEs in India: Entrepreneurs Approaches” (Forthcoming) that were presented by Cristina Martinez Fernandez, Senior Policy Analyst and Manager of the ‘Employment and Skills Strategies in South East Asia (ESSSA) Initiative’ at OECD, evoked intense discussions. Here are a few key outcomes of the discussion:
More information soon available on the IBF website and www.businessfightspoverty.com.