Green­ing the Caribbean, St. Lu­cia, Wins Sus­tain­able En­trepreneur­ship Award

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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.

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