Established in October 1995, the KÖVET Association for Sustainable Economies is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation with a special public benefit status. KÖVET promotes environmentally aware business management and CSR. Presently, KÖVET has 108 member companies and over 20 non-profit members. Operational tasks are administered by the Secretariat’s nine full-time employees. It offers services and organises practical programmes to disseminate information and tools to emphasise green business and office operations. KÖVET’s primary activities include trainings, demonstration projects, guidebooks, events, collection and distribution of environmental management literature, media work, and implementation of local and international programmes. KÖVET is the pioneer of Hungarian green office programmes. The organisation has instituted green office vocational training, competition among office buildings and a national green office exhibition.
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Groupe One is a non-profit organisation and a centre of excellence on sustainable development at the regional, national and international levels. It was founded in 1997 by a group of economists experienced in international cooperation who wanted to contribute to a global economy more respectful of the principles of human rights and sustainable development. Its spheres of activity are mainly corporate social responsibility (CSR), promoting corporate adoption of strategies incorporating sustainable development through training, information, and consultancy. Groupe One also focuses on issues of economic and social development by contributing to the economic development of disadvantaged regions through economic revitalisation initiatives and policy- making. The organisation also has extensive experience in preparing seminars/conferences, publications and training activities, consultancy, policy-making, running a business centre, auditing and monitoring activities.
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SEI Tallinn (Estonia) was established in 1992 as one of centres in the global SEI network. SEI is an independent, international research institute specialising in sustainable development and environmental issues aiming to clarify the requirements, strategies and policies for a transition to sustainability. SEI Tallinn fulfils SEI`s mission in the Baltic States and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). SEI Tallinn specialises in sustainable development evaluation methods, environmental protection, nature conservation, analyses of market-based instruments, environment-related policy and management analysis, energy efficiency, and capacity building in these areas throughout the region. SEI Tallinn is considered a leading institution in Estonia on sustainable development. The organisation advises local and national level policy makers, and works through publications, research, training, networking, conferences, seminars and workshops. Its mission is to support decision-making and induce change towards sustainable development.
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Established in 1994, the TIME Foundation (Bulgaria) works to promote sustainable development through efficient management and usage of natural resources, coordinating the efforts of all public sectors, and fostering democratic decision-making. The scope of work includes dissemination of information and know-how, environmental management, education for sustainable development, policy work, training and vocational education, establishment of partnerships and networking mechanisms, supporting community initiatives and fundraising. In recent years, the TIME Foundation has gained specific experience in working with business organisations and local authorities, and providing information and technical assistance concerning implementation of environmental legislation with a special focus on environmental management and labelling schemes. The TIME Foundation is the focal point for various international initiatives, and at present, is working to obtain EMAS certification.
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The Eco Trend Association (Romania) was established in 2006 with the primary objectives to protect the environmental and living heritage according to sustainable development criteria, and promote sustainable development ideas on the local and regional level. It was also involved in several projects of the Eco-Business Programme of the Romanian Environmental Partnership Foundation. All Eco Trend members have participated in environmental awareness-raising seminars, eco-mapping projects, calculating eco-stars and green start reviews. Two members have participated in the ECE EMAS Easy Project, the Name and Fame Project, and the First Green Steps Project (DG Environment). All members of the organisation are environmental engineers and managers.
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Umanotera, Slovenian Foundation for Sustainable Development (Slovenia), was established in October 1994 to support the implementation of internationally adopted sustainability principles. The mission of Umanotera is carried out through participating in policy development, independent monitoring of government activities, information clearinghouse duties, capacity-building and awareness-raising. Although Umanotera works primarily at the national level, it launched a Green Office Programme in 2007 to work with businesses and public institutions to promote environmentally sound practices in offices. The programme consists of a club of practitioners (15 members to date), counselling, training, a database of environmentally-friendly products and services, and a system of certification (in progress). Pilot projects include calculating carbon footprints and application of EMAS Easy methodology.
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21 Solutions is a consultancy, based in Brussels, created in 2008, as a spin-off of Eco-Conseil Entreprise, a company with 10 years experience on sustainable development and environmental management. 21 Solutions brings together the experience of five experts in the fields of eco-counselling, environmental management and sustainable development. 21 Solutions supports projects which aim to achieve a more socially inclusive approach to sustainable development and assists the public, private and third sectors in this process, covering topics from sustainable development and Local Agenda 21 to EMAS/ISO14001, green building, sustainable architecture and biodiversity. 21 Solutions favours a practical approach with a strong focus on communication and training as well as ensuring the long-term impact of its work.
Eco-Counselling Enterprise scrl (ECE, Belgium) is a European-wide cooperative network focusing on sustainable management with an emphasis on environmental issues. Today, ECE is able to offer the combined expertise of 25 consultants in the field of Environmental Management Systems (EMS/ISO 14001) and the Eco-Management Audit Scheme (EMAS) to facilitate sustainable development strategies. While the primary focus has been within 10 European countries, ECE is linked to networks in other economic regions, enabling it to offer a truly global perspective. Eco-Counselling Enterprise uses Eco-Mapping and EMAS/ISO14001 Easy to implement EMS programmes for micro-enterprises, and the public and service sectors in Europe and in developing countries. ECE is responsible for various training and capacity-building programmes on environmental management standards and tools for consultants in Europe (including CEE and ACP countries).
Eco-Counselling Enterprise scrl left the project with the 1st of February.
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