SMEs are the backbone of the Vietnamese economy, accounting for more than 40% of the country’s GDP and generating millions of jobs for workers, helping to reduce poverty and ensure the social welfare.
However, in recent years, the majority of SMEs have not paid proper attention to environmental protection. Most of them use outdated machinery and technology, consuming too much energy and causing excessive environmental pollution.
To raise the SMEs awareness on the importance of environment protection, the Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment (ISPONRE) in coordination with the Stockholm Environment Institute and the SMEs Association launched a green action plan project for SMEs from November 2012 to December 2013.
The project aims to help SMEs formulate and implement green plans to improve their overall business operations. It also aims to organise a network of SMEs to efficiently cope with climate change and effectively and sustainably use natural resources while protecting the environment.
Through green activities, businesses are not only increasing their ability to improve their products and services but are also attracting more customers, allowing for greater penetration into new and emerging markets.
Green activities help reduce production costs and time, allowing for optimal use of materials, raising productivity while limiting the negative impact on environmental pollution.
Sharing information among businesses is a fundamentally very important task as it can help SMEs choose safer business solutions, minimize risks and losses, develop international market and find the best environment management experience.