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  1. waleed salih
  2. Sustainable Business Modelling
  3. Monday, 08 July 2019
We know that small businesses are the largest proportion among businesses in the world, according to statistics SMEs represent 90% of all companies SMEs contribute up to 33% of GDP in emerging countries Official SMEs contribute up to 45% of total employment SMEs make an important contribution to all national economies, contributing significantly to employment and output. They are vital suppliers of goods and services to larger enterprises and can be important contributors to exports. These enterprises may be small individually but together they have a large role to play in the private sector. SMEs form the backbone of national economies and the global supply chains of large companies. Individually, SMEs have relatively small environmental and social impacts. However, as a group the impacts are much larger. • IFC is developing a supply chain strategy with leading global corporations on better SME performance and sustainability practices through their supply chains, and innovative solutions to strengthen access to finance for SMEs within the supply chain So far, small, medium and large companies are not aware of the importance of sustainability. As mentioned before, there must be strong plans to promote awareness of the goals of sustainability, the work of monastic councils and people working in the same cultures and environments to unite awareness. Sustainability and absolute dependence on governments
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  1. Antony Upward
  2. 9 months ago
  3. #644
Hi Waleed,

(1) Totally agree with your analysis. And In developed countries the SME % of total private sector is even higher - ~99% in Ontario, Canada for example, although something like 2/3 of these as micro (1 person) and very small (s Model group is primarily on SMEs ( http://forum.SSBMG.com & http://wiki.SSBMG.com/home/streams ). If we can get to SMEs then they are far more nimble/able to change quickly... and so the could / should be sustainability leaders. Certified B Corps are a good example of this... the vast majority are SMEs, and they are leaders in their sustainability activity for any size of business... but unfortunately (extreme) outliers within SMEs in general.

And of course the challenge with engaging with SME's is it requires significant: cost / effort. There are so many of them, and they so diverse, and hence o hard to find and build relationships with at scale.

Do you have any thoughts Waleed about how to over coming this?


(3) Also wondering if you completed the first Climate-KIC course on the benefits of sustainable business modelling? https://learning.climate-kic.org/en/climate-kic-courses/benefits-of-sustainable-business-modelling Curious, Is this what sparked your observation about SMEs?

Warm regards
Antony Upward

Flourishing Business Architect
Lean for Flourishing Startups - http://www.lead4flourishing.biz
Toronto, Canada

http://MyInvitationToYou.AntonyUpward.name
  1. Antony Upward
  2. 9 months ago
  3. #645
Well clearly something didn't work when I posted that above... no idea what happened... it appears to have deleted half my post... let me try again
  1. Antony Upward
  2. 9 months ago
  3. #646
Hi Waleed, 2nd attempt

(1) Totally agree with your analysis. And in developed countries the SME % of total private sector is even higher - ~99% in Ontario, Canada for example, although something like 2/3 of these as micro (1 person) and very small (ble Business Model group has been primarily on SMEs ( http://forum.SSBMG.com & http://wiki.SSBMG.com/home/streams ).

If we can get to SMEs then we believe they are far more nimble/able to change quickly... and so the could / should be sustainability leaders. Certified B Corps are a good example of this... the vast majority are SMEs, and they are leaders in their sustainability activity for any size of business... but unfortunately (extreme) outliers within SMEs in general.

And of course the challenge with engaging with SME's is it requires significant: cost / effort. There are so many of them, and they are so diverse, and hence o hard to find and build relationships with at scale.

Do you have any thoughts Waleed about how to over come this?

(3) Also wondering if you completed the first Climate-KIC course on the benefits of sustainable business modelling? https://learning.climate-kic.org/en/climate-kic-courses/benefits-of-sustainable-business-modelling Curious, Is this what sparked your observation about SMEs?

Warm regards
Antony Upward

Flourishing Business Architect
Lean for Flourishing Startups - http://www.lead4flourishing.biz
Toronto, Canada

http://MyInvitationToYou.AntonyUpward.name
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