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The Clean Businness Program

Krakow

Detailed description of the Good Practice

The Clean Business (CB) Program was developed in 1998 as a partnership initiative of the Polish Environmental Partnership Foundation (PEPF), British regeneration organisation Groundwork Blackburn, BP and Polish small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) participating in the scheme. The aim of the project was to encourage Polish SMEs to incorporate pro-environmental activities and action for the community in which they operate into their day-to-day business operations. The Program provides a mechanism for companies to improve their business performance by helping them develop pro-environmental initiatives which bring concrete cost-savings and reduce the company's impact on environment. Initiatives are delivered in partnership with other companies, local authorities and community groups. Involvement in such projects gives businesses a chance to become leaders of the community in which they operate.
The CB Program is delivered through CB Clubs, which bring together companies from a specified geographical area. There are now 12 Clubs in operation, engaging 260 companies located in the provinces of Malopolska, Silesia, Podkarpacie, Swietokrzyskie and Pomerania. Every CB Club has its own coordinator, who maintains contact with member companies on an ongoing basis and is charged with helping them get the best out of the Program's offer, which includes the following services: environmental advice, audits, seminars and workshops, specialised information services, monthly bulletin, experience exchange between companies in Poland and overseas, opportunity to start business cooperation between companies.
The CB Program is a long-term project. The four years of implementation of the Program in Poland show that such initiatives are very much in demand by local communities, business, non-governmental organisations whose cooperation is a must in building a sustainable development at the local level. Such partnership cooperation on specific projects delivered for community benefit is a unique initiative in Poland.


ecological education
awareness raising

Objectives of the Good Practice

The aim of the project was to encourage Polish SMEs to incorporate pro-environmental activities and action for the community in which they operate into their day-to-day business operations.
The Program provides a mechanism for companies to improve their business performance by helping them develop pro-environmental initiatives which bring concrete cost-savings and reduce the company's impact on environment.

Participants of the Good Practice

the Polish Environmental Partnership Foundation (PEPF), British regeneration organisation Groundwork Blackburn, BP and Polish small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) participating in the scheme

Target group of the Good Practice

SME

More Details of the Good Practice

Documentation and documents

Available files

Data sources and references

Best practices
http://www.bestpractices.org/database/bp_display_best_practice.php?best_practice_id=180 (Accessed July, 21, 2009)