Action to protect our environment is an investment in our future. To make the transition to net zero, SMEs need to be able to finance green investments. How do we map out our collective journey to meet our climate objectives?
Depuis maintenant plus de 2 ans, les PME ont été confrontées à une succession de dispositions sanitaires et de mesures de fermeture totale ou partielle et d’injonctions administratives de toutes sortes qui ont fragilisé leur survie. L’invasion de l’Ukraine qui en découlent notamment en matière économique, apportent leur lot d’inquiétudes additionnelles.
Autobauer gezwungen, in Japan die Produktion von fast 13 000 Fahrzeugen auszusetzen. Jedes Jahr verursachen solche Cyberattacken weltweit Kosten von bis zu 6 Billionen US-Dollar, Tendenz steigend.
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs were hit extremely hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. To invest in growth and greening and play a full part in the recovery, we need to enable them to tap into alternative financial instruments.
Cyberattacks can spell disaster for businesses of all sizes, but especially smaller firms. The median cost of a ransomware attack can amount to up to USD 1.2 million, and up to USD 1.6 million in the case of computer data breach. Urgent action is needed to support SMEs in better preparing and managing digital security risks.
Recent research suggests that women-founded businesses perform better over time and deliver higher revenue – more than twice as much per dollar invested – than men-founded businesses. In addition, women-founded start-up teams create more jobs for women – they employ 2.5 times more women than all-male start-up teams.
“scale up” account for the majority of new jobs in the economy. These firms can play a key role in the recovery. However, scaling up brings new challenges.
Greening can clearly save costs: improving energy efficiency in SMEs can Iead to cost savings by reducing their energy demand by 10- 30%. Beyond such cost benefits, improved energy efficiency can strengthen small-business resilience by reducing exposure to energy-price volatility and uncertainty, and improve product quality and safety.