The GReenTOCOmpete Hubs
The GreenToCompete Hubs develop small businesses’ capacity and knowledge to implement green business practices. Providing knowledge, practical expertise and a global network, the Hubs support small businesses go green while strengthening their competitive advantage.
Currently active in the Caribbean, Ghana, Kenya, Laos, Nepal, Peru and Viet Nam, the Hubs are hosted by local Business Support Institutions (BSOs) at the country level. The Hubs mobilize local institutions. and organizations, private sector, and government to provide an enabling business environment and support services for small businesses.
The hubs support SMEs through different programmes and tools
- Becoming a climate resilient SME
- Resource Efficient & Circular Production (RECP)
- Voluntary Sustainability Standards (VSS)
- Positioning Sustainable Products in the International Market
- Accessing Green Finance and Markets for Sustainable Products.
While each programme is built from these 5 core offerings, the exact composition and duration of the coaching component depends on local needs and priorities.
The Hubs Network
The Hubs form part of ITC’s GreenToCompete network, working to make green trade a reality.
The network enables:
- insight and inspiration from other BSOs
- collective innovate on new green approaches for small businesses
- sharing of lessons learnt and best practices
- a strong common voice on the business case for small businesses to go green
- peer-to-peer influence: where BSOs influence other BSOs
SupportIng SMALL BUSINESSES to go green
During a 2-year period, ITC mentors each partner BSO, helping them professionalise and go green themselves. In this way, each GreenToCompete Hub becomes fully independent while training hundreds of locally trained experts that can inspire and train others. By strengthening our links to each other and innovating together, we can use green trade to create enduring prosperity for everyone, everywhere. Every Hub is part of the GreenToCompete Network.