As part of the 110% Green initiative, the Western Cape Government and Nedbank launched the Greening Your Business course, a free online course for 1 000 local small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs).
110% Green is an official initiative of the Western Cape Government and a catalyst to build a critical mass of activity that puts the Western Cape well on the road towards becoming Africa’s Green Economic Hub. Its aim is to motivate and mobilise people to commit, act and impact in ways that are good for the environment.
The campaign was launched by Premier Helen Zille on World Environment Day. Premier Zille made a call to action for individuals and organisations across the province to take a first step by joining the 110% Green Facebook page and continue to build a critical mass of active citizens who make the shift to “go green”.
As one of the 110% Green Flagship companies and as part of their commitment, Nedbank offered to fund 1 000 free online courses for Western Cape SMMEs.
The Greening Your Business course was launched at the Bandwidth Barn, a Cape Town based company that incubates businesses in the ICT (Information and communications technology) sector. The company encourages innovation and provides ongoing training and support needed to help businesses overcome the entry barriers to employment, start-up, survival and growing their businesses.
The courses aim to empower companies to minimise their impact on the environment by greening their businesses. By doing so, they will cut input costs and identify risks as they relate to climate change and opportunities as they relate to the green economy. The course has six modules and includes extensive case studies. In addition it assists the participant with the compilation of sustainability strategy and business case for their business.
Western Cape Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Finance, Alan Winde said: “I encourage all Western Cape businesses to register for the courses on www.greeningyourbusiness.co.za. In order to succeed, grow and ultimately employ more people, it is crucial for all businesses to stay ahead of the curve by innovating. The Green Your Business course is such an innovative, and free, offer to Western Cape businesses. We can make our province greener, together.”