Businesses go green

‘Resource Efficient Cleaner Production – at the base of Sustainable Development’ was the overall theme of this year’s Annual Conference of the Business Council for Sustainable Development Zimbabwe on November 2 and 3 at Wild Geese Lodge.

A session at the Annual Conference of the Business Council for Sustainable Development Zimbabwe.
A session at the Annual Conference of the Business Council for Sustainable Development Zimbabwe.

The Conference was officially opened by the Guest of Honour, Florence Nhekairo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources Management. It featured 23 speakers in the various sessions, with the Plenary Session headings including Cleaner Production, Inclusive Business, Energy Efficiency & Climate Change, Practical Business Perspectives on Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation, and Corporate Governance.

The BCSDZ was previously known as the Environmental Forum of Zimbabwe. It was formed 18 years ago by a group of leading business people in Zimbabwe who shared common concerns over environmental issues. The group wished to make and encourage a commitment by business to the phased implementation of environmental management programmes, and assist in enhancing appropriate knowledge. Members who serve on the BCSDZ’s structure of various Committees do so out of personal commitment and as a community service, giving freely of their time.

Pillars of growth

While the original focus was on environmental management, in subsequent years it steadily broadened its agenda in line with international thinking to encompass Sustainable Development, involving the three interlinked pillars of economic growth, ecological balance and social progress.

The change of name was therefore a logical progression. While the BCSDZ has always been, and still is, entirely autonomous, it also more clearly aligned with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, of which it is a long-standing regional networking partner.

The WBCSD is a CEO led global coalition of some 200 international companies united by a shared commitment to Sustainable Development. Members are drawn from over 36 countries and 22 major industrial sectors. The regional network comprises 60 national and regional business councils and partner organisations involving some 1 000 business leaders. Regional Network and Liaison Delegates meetings are held twice each year in different countries.

The BCSDZ is therefore able to keep in touch with the latest issues, thinking and best practice on sustainable development in business throughout the world.

The BCSDZ enjoys appreciated liaison with numerous relevant public and private sector bodies in Zimbabwe that are involved in related fields.

Green Fund

Environment Africa is proud to be a reciprocal member of the BCSDZ which supports sustainable development and the Private, Public Community Partnership approach.

“It is so exciting to see how business is engaging with environmental issues in Zimbabwe and we should be proud of what we have and are achieving. However, there is still much more business to do and we urge businesses to support the BCSDZ and Environment Africa and be part of a better future for Zimbabwe,” said Charlene Hewat, CEO of Environment Africa.

Environment Africa encourages business to get involved in the Zimbabwe Green Fund initiative and together create a sustainable Zimbabwe for today and for future generations. This is an exciting, long term African grown initiative where we together can not only benefit our country, but show the rest of the world that we as Africans can make a real difference. – www.environmentafrica.org

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