De Groene Zaak is the leading Sustainable Business Association in The Netherlands, uniting over two hundred pioneering companies. We are the Dutch Chapter of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and a founding partner of Ecopreneur. All our partners hold to a clear business principle: transforming our current economic order to a sustainable and circular one as fast as possible.
De Groene Zaak supports this goal by lobbying for fair competition for sustainable business, by putting sustainability issues on the public agenda, and by connecting sustainable entrepreneurs within our network. In addition, our partners create new opportunities among each other and through cooperation with the green-minded scientific network of Het Groene Brein, which provides partners with access to innovative new research and expert knowledge.
Entreprendre Vert (EV©) was founded in 2005 in order to reinforce the dialogue between the economic world and other societal stakeholders. It is an association for entrepreneurs who are involved in sustainable development. EV© allows its members to benefit from this progress and to strengthen the voice of sustainable and ecological entrepreneurialism.
The association counts approximately one hundred active members and reaches, via PR-activities and networking, several thousands of entrepreneurs, legal representatives, students and associations. EV´s © field of activity lies in the organisation of meetings, networking activities and cross-sector exchange. It supports entrepreneurs, co-organises workshops for legal representatives and entrepreneurs, publishes policy papers and recommendations, and organizes competitions and rewards for innovative projects. Together with its members, EV© develops local, practical solutions, ideas and innovative practices for the 21st century. Since its foundation 2005, more than 70 events were organized by EV©, over ten projects were carried out and accompanied and hundreds of entrepreneurs found good contacts thanks to EV©.
ECOVE, Associación de Empresas de la Economía Verde, is the Spanish Green Business Association aiming to catalyze a sustainable economy in Spain and Europe, by strengthening business ecosystems and bringing the voice of SMEs and ecopreneurs to decision makers.
ECOVE’s goals are to serve as an instrument to improve laws and public policies in the transition towards a green and sustainable economy, to support the needs and interests of the member enterprises of the association and to contribute to the development, promotion, and interconnection of all regional green economy ecosystems within Spain.
The Foundation for Circular Economy (FCE, Hungary) was established in 2013 as a private and independent initiative to promote the circular economy in Hungary and worldwide.
The primary mission of the FCE is to create a platform and a knowledge centre where business, academia, local and regional authorities as well as NGOs can collaborate in collecting, sharing, spreading, and raising awareness of the knowledge, experience and practice related to circular economy.
Grüne Wirtschaft (GW©) is the organisation of green entrepreneurs and freelancers in Austria. It represents the interests of freelancers as well as small businesses. Also, GW© is active in the green fraction of The Austrian Federal Economic Chamber. The organisation campaigns for a sustainable way of economic activity following the core values of ecology, fairness, self-determination, non-violence, feminism and diversity. GW´s © work is guided by the principles of the Austrian Green Party. It affiliates itself with the green movement, it is, however, not a member of the green party but a legally distinct, friendly organisation. GW© welcomes and is open to businesses and freelancers also outside the traditional array of political parties.
By means of public relations, GW© actively contributes to the economic-political discussion in Austria, presents concrete and realistic economic-political proposals and thus influences the shaping of the Austrian economic framework conditions. GW© offers its members various networking possibilities, e.g. exchange of opinions and business opportunities, further education and the chance to actively contribute to the organisation´s political work.
Sustainable Economy Association (SEA) wants to accelerate the economic transition towards a sustainable economic model. The association located in Brussels is composed by 50 members all active as executives, managers or business experts in different organizations (large private and public owned companies, consultants, SME’s). They all share the positive passion that climate change and environmental issues are drivers for innovation and rethinking of our business models. Businesses that integrates sustainability into their core decision-making processes are able to create new sources of value for our economies, customers, employee and shareholders.
By sharing inspiring success-stories and best practices of sustainable entrepreneurship, by providing tools and techniques to implement successful sustainable transformation of a company and by offering a platform where sustainable business projects and opportunities can be discussed and initiated (innovation, new markets, cost savings,…). SEA intends to be a change agent and a counterpart to more traditional and other change averse business stakeholders.
UnternehmensGrün (UG©) – the German Federal association of green economy – was founded as early as 1992. Representing more than 200 members, UG© campaigns for the protection of the environment and a sustainable economy. UG© is a nonpartisan, non-profit and financially independent entrepreneurs association.
Together with the experts from within the ranks of its members and the executive board, UG© contributes to the legislative process, is consulted in hearings of the German parliament (Bundestag) and develops concepts for sustainable economic development.
UG© is in constant dialogue with policy-makers, both at state and federal level. The members are mainly small and medium-sized businesses. In addition to political lobby work, UG© facilitates and enables cross-sector networking opportunities and information exchange for its members. Furthermore, UG© strives to increase public awareness by actively promoting key topics of green economy.