Greening the Caribbean, St. Lucia, Wins Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award
The Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award (SEA) based in Vienna, Austria held its third annual SEA Award gala on October 7, 2014. It was held at the historic Sophiensäle in Vienna. The SEA ‘searches for entrepreneurs who recognize a social problem and link its solution to an innovative and profitable business model’ and gives award recipients access to an international platform.
Wayne Neale, Managing Director of Greening the Caribbean was in attendance to accept the company’s award in the category “Urban and Regional Development”. Greening the Caribbean received this award for its environmental services – launched in St. Lucia – to keep industrial materials out of Caribbean landfills, and was the only Caribbean-based business recipient.
In honor of trail blazing entrepreneurs from around the world, over 250 European corporate decision makers and government officials were present at the gala. The SEA jury of experts selected the eight best sustainable entrepreneurship ventures out of 320 projects and businesses received from 65 different countries. “It’s about creating a long term balance between economic success, environmental responsibility, and social equilibrium within a company’s core activities,” said Franz Fishler, Chairman of the SEA jury. One winner was selected in each of the following eight categories: 1. Climate, Environment and Energy 2. Mobility and Technological Innovations 3. Development and Services 4. Urban and Regional Development 5. Integration and Social Issues 6. Lifestyle and Culture 7. Knowledge and Education 8. Health and Medication.
Bradley Googins, PhD, Associate Professor Boston Carroll School of Management presented Wayne Neale with the award for Urban and Regional Development. Mr. Googins explained that Greening the Caribbean’s approach views the economy and environmental issues as complementary.
In an interview with Austrian media outlets, Mr. Neale, said, “I wanted to create a business that protects the environment by reducing landfill dumping while creating jobs and developing a localized green economy in St. Lucia and generating foreign trade with our exports.”
He continued to say, “The SEA award is a major recognition of our early success.”
Greening the Caribbean establishes workplace recycling programmes, provides waste diversion training, recycling education, as well as collection, transport and processing of recyclables – paper, cardboard, e-waste, plastic, glass and metal. It is ISO 26000 compliant, meaning that its business practices are ethical and transparent and contribute to the health and welfare of society. It is also a member of the Green Industry Platform – a global stakeholder initiative of the United Nations Environmental Programme and United Nations Industrial Development Organization.
Wayne Neale (sixth from left) and other winners at the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award gala.