SMEs: Gamechangers from Global to Local Actions towards Sustainability

Thursday 2 June
10:30 - 11:45 CEST
Stockholmsmässan, Stage 1

Organizers: SEED (hosted by adelphi) and Normative, in close collaboration with UNEP, GO4SDGs, 10YFP/OPN and SME Climate Hub, together with Germany, Indonesia, Brazil and Uganda


Global awareness of the urgency of tackling pollution, climate change and the destruction of nature is growing exponentially. However, more support and ambition are needed to address these crises. Equally, the large potential of the private sector in addressing these crises resulting from existing unsustainable consumption and production patterns is increasingly recognized. Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) offer a largely untapped potential, including for decarbonizing, decoupling and digitalization, with their impact as drivers of innovations that secure local jobs, protect ecosystems, and enhance resilience.

The growing success of green entrepreneurs and SMEs have shown the great potential of a transformative and collective impact, which is central in responding to these crises. They not only spur development and market growth through the provision of innovative technologies, goods and services, but also ensure the preservation of the very foundation of national economies – environmental and social resources, contributing to the delivery of most SDGs. It is time for all actors to scale up and optimize the power of SMEs in delivering innovation, digital transformation, efficiency, circularity and resilience in the transition to sustainability, while empowering them to combat climate change.

Contact person: Arab Hoballah (

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