The Green Business Booklet (GBB) has been developed by the International Labour Organization (ILO) to support the creation of green businesses and the greening of existing businesses.
The manual is designed to be used in conjunction with the ILO’s flagship Start and Improve Your Business (SIYB) programme. SIYB is a management training programme that builds on more than three decades of experience. It helps entrepreneurs to start and improve micro and small businesses as a strategy for creating more and better employment for women and men.
The GBB brings a green angle to the SIYB programme, enabling entrepreneurs to make a positive contribution to the environment by setting up and running profitable and sustainable businesses. It helps potential entrepreneurs to come up with a viable green business idea and to develop a business plan from a green perspective, and guides existing entrepreneurs on ways to green their business.
The GBB is intended for persons interested in setting up a green business, or already operating a business that could be greened. As it is primarily geared towards trainees of the SIYB programme, basic business management concepts that are covered in SIYB are not covered in the GBB, and we therefore encourage all readers of the GBB to also draw on the SIYB materials.