Making the right choices - ones that are good for profit, people and planet.
Most businesses, unfortunately not all,  are moving away from the model of making profit at whatever cost. These businesses understand that it does matter what our monitary profits are costing people and the planet. That is why the Pacific Green Business Centre is supportive of businesses that are making profits and at the same time contributing to the planet's wellbeing. At the same time we are critical of businesses that continue to pollute even though we have cleaner alternatives. 

We are lucky that in the Pacific we have a considerable number of business people who consciously choose to do the right thing.

The Pacific Green Business Centre strives to get their voices heard to inspire their peers to also pursue the greener paths of business.

Interview with Mr. Sandeep Chauhan, Director of Star Printery Limited

Asked what was the motivation behind greening their business, Mr Chauhan said their conscience was the motivating factor. “My brother and I both strongly felt that we had to be the leading example and practice what we preached. It was not an easy step but someone had to start and we both felt that we had established the business to a point where we could slowly start to implement the measures we wanted to. Most of the Fijian citizens are pretty spiritual and we treat nature as a gift from God, so how could we contradict ourselves and continue to ruin and pollute it.

Interview with Ms. Mere Rakoroi, Tanoa Plaza General Manager, Group Sales Executive.

In this interview, Ms. Rakoroi acknowledges the fact that the tourism business has a “huge impact on the environment and failure to take care of our environment today will inevitably lead to it not being able to do the same for us, and future generations”. She adds that “to reduce energy consumption, measures such as installation of LED lights, usage of energy rated refrigerators have being employed. Additionally, notices are placed around the hotels to turn off lights and other electrical appliances when not in use.”

The Global Employers' Climate Action Forum

The Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation (FCEF), as the current President of the Marrakech Business Action for Climate Network (MBA4C), hosted the Global Employers’ Climate Action Forum (GECAF) on 25th July 2018 at the Holiday Inn, Suva, Fiji. The overarching theme for the day-long event was “Resilient Businesses and Communities” and offered an avenue for stakeholders to synergise towards a common  green future. Proceedings included four plenary sessions and one workshop-style breakout session for all participants.

Post MEPC72 Talanoa
Greenpreneurs workshops in Fiji, Vanuatu and Kiribati

From 18 to 20 September in Suva, Fiji there were two back to back workshops for Green Entrepreneurs or Greenpreneurs. The first was a “Jumpstart Your Green Business” workshop, a one-and-a-half-day event led by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in partnership with the Pacific Green Business Centre which focused on supporting new and early stage green businesses in clarifying their business concepts and giving participants tools they need to take their business to the next level. Following this was a second one-and-a-half-day workshop on Entrepreneurship in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, led by the Pacific Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (PCREEE), which brought together new and established energy industry stakeholders to hear experiences from those that have worked in this sector and to pave the way for youth and others to start or improve their own businesses or find employment opportunities in both the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors.

Pacific-China Friendship Association and PIDF sign Strategic Cooperation Agreement   

The official signing of the Strategic Cooperation Agreement (SCA) between PIDF and PCFA was held on 13th September 2018, at the PIDF Office, Suva, Fiji. The Princess Royal Her Royal Highness Princess Salote Mafile’o Pilolevu Tuita, Patron of PCFA, was the signatory for PCFA wheras Secretary General François Martel, was  signatory for PIDF. The signing ceremony was attended by  a representative  of the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), Mr Michael Gong, Friendship Ambassador for the Pacific, and stakeholders such as the Chinese Embassy of Fiji, Fiji China Friendship Association and others. 

The SCA outlines key areas of cooperation, with focus on the Belt and Road Initiative and South South Cooperation. It will guide the collaboration between PIDF and PCFA. The Officials from PIDF and PCFA also met on the 14th of September 2018, to discuss the practical implementation of the SCA and what this would entail for the two organisations.  
Integrating Human Rights in the implementation of the SDGs
This Talanoa was organised by the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) and the Pacific Regional Office of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Suva, Fiji on 30 August 2018.

This Talanoa presented a proposed collaboration between PIDF and OHCHR as an initial step towards a coherent vision and strategy in embracing human rights issues in the Pacific in terms of advocacy, securing the rights of people with specific disabilities, rights of people affected by environmental disasters, and human rights outreach and education.
PIDF and the Pacific Green Business Centre participate in the first Bamboo and Rattan Congress in Beijing

The PIDF Secretary General, Franҫois Martel and the PIDF Team Leader Programme Management, Mark Borg, participated in the first Global Bamboo and Rattan Congress organised by the International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR)and held in Beijing China from 25 to 27 June 2018. The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Fiji facilitated this participation through a grant that covered the cost of travel of the two PIDF officials. The PIDF officials took the opportunity to learn from other initiatives on display, promote the Fiji Bamboo Centre concept, provided the Pacific perspective on sustainable bamboo development, networked with like-minded professionals, and had discussions with INBAR on formalising their partnership through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.

Talanoa: The Potential of Bamboo as part of Green Transformation.
This Talanoa was organised by the Pacific Islands Development Forum with Fiji’s Ministry of Forests and the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation in Suva, Fiji on 22 August 2018.

The Talanoa brought together a number of stakeholders to discuss the future of the bamboo industry in Fiji, and offered an opportunity for all those interested in the sector to offer their views on the proposed Bamboo Centre.
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SDG 4 aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Success of the Private Sector is clearly linked to the level of education in any country. A well educated populace increases the chances of a successful Private Sector. It is in the interest of Business and Industry to support quality education in the countries where they operate by, for example, supporting rural schools or offering scholarships (even if in areas that benefit their sector) as part of their corporate social responsibility. Educational institutions and universities need to incorporate the needs of Business and Industry to help them transition to a Green Economy future with the creation of Green Jobs.


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