Worldwide, SMEs account for approximately 90% of businesses and therefore play a crucial role in achieving a more sustainable world. However, sustainability is not yet deeply entrenched in the majority of these businesses. During this InterSME breakfast seminar, our expert panel will explain how SME’s can make sustainability work in their advantage, offering inspiration and practical solutions.
Sustainable businesses tend to be more efficient businesses; there are very tangible benefits such as lower electricity bills and reduced wastage. Furthermore, sustainability measures make your company more interesting for investors, clients and employees. Some SME’s even take it a step further, and have sustainability as their business model.
Frans Otten is serial entrepreneur in the Netherlands and Hong Kong. Frans is Founder and CEO of Ellipz Lighting, an LED company that revolutionalizes the way we make and use light. Frans was founder and partner of Tendris, a company that initiates, manages and invests in ventures that leverage innovative technologies and business concepts that are profitable and good for people & planet. Prior to Tendris, Frans worked for ABN AMRO in Equity Capital Markets and worked as a corporate lawyer at Nauta Dutilh, one of the leading Dutch law firms. Frans holds a Dutch Law degree from Leiden University
Dr Merrin Pearse is a Sustainability Strategist who blends together his formal training as a Land Surveyor with his passion of reconnecting people with nature. In the 10+ years Merrin has been in Hong Kong he has been very active in local environmental awareness raising. During the 4 years that Merrin worked at Friends of the Earth (HK) he managed projects on waste and air pollution. Now as a freelance consultant he works with some of Hong Kong’s largest companies to help communicate and facilitate the adoption of more planet friendly approaches to business.