The social enterprise and social innovation significantly contributes to economic growth and prosperity since they provide a source of income and employment for themselves, create employment for others, produce innovative products and/or services, contribute to skills development and drive greater upstream/downstream value-chain activities.
Today, companies are looking beyond the current “take, make and dispose” extractive industrial model. The emerging circular economy is restorative and regenerative by design. Relying on system-wide innovation, it aims to redefine products and services to design waste out, while minimising negative impacts. Underpinned by a transition to renewable energy sources, the circular model builds economic, natural and social capital.
Decision makers still underestimated Sustainable Entrepreneurship and are simply not aware of its greater dimension. Sustainable Entrepreneurship stands for a business driven concept of sustainability which focuses on increasing both social as well as business value – so called Shared Value.
Smart cities and smart buildings today are complex concatenations of structures, systems and technologies that use different types of data collection to supply information which is used to manage assets and resources efficiently. Over time, each of the components inside a building have been improved and adopted to allow modern-day cities build a more sustainable footprint.
Environment & Corporate Social Responsibility has become a fundamental business concept, where companies integrate environmental concerns in their global business operations and the interaction with stakeholders, without compromising economic performance.