A Practical Guide: Creating Green Deals for SMEs throughout Europe

This guide aims to help Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to take up the challenge of protecting biodiversity and through that to provide security for the long-term sustainability of their businesses. Biodiversity is essential to businesses of any sort and the current losses of biodiversity, within Europe and globally, have the potential to become a bigger risk to businesses in the future than even the financial and credit crises.

Tilburg, 15 March 2013: In this guide the focus is on partnerships between businesses and environmental and non-governmental organizations in the field of nature and sustainability. These partnerships are very important to SMEs; not least because they often do not have the knowledge or experience to engage in activities to protect biodiversity and may lack the financial means to involve consultants and experts to help them.
 
This guide gives examples of working partnerships and illustrates the bottlenecks and success factors that can allow for a successful cooperation between different organizations and the sharing of mutual benefits, both for the conservation of biodiversity and for business activities. The guide also offers some tips and tricks to establish good working partnerships.

The free guide is available in six languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish and Turkish. You can download the different language versions of the guide here.

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