The ILO Green Jobs program in Asia & the Pacific aims to enable potential entrepreneurs, particularly youth, to develop sustainable business ideas and therefore promote the creation of green jobs and decent work, while defining practical business solutions to environmental challenges such as climate change. The office has developed the Greener Business Option product (GBO) which offers a unique opportunity to interested parties to gain access to employment focusing primarily on micro and small scale green business development.
The Greener Business Option project is currently offered in China and Mongolia. Since 2010, the Chinese Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security has tested and piloted the programme in five provinces and ten cities integrating it as part of the government job creation strategy, particularly targeting the young university graduates. (More information can be found at ILO Beijing website)
Green entrepreneurship activities are under development in other countries in the region. In Indonesia, a pilot program in partnership with the Central Bank will be launched on the 1st of October 2012. It is envisaged that the pilot implementation of these activities in the coming 6 months will lead the way for a national program on green entrepreneurship with the close involvement of ILO constituents and other key stakeholders in Indonesia.
- Link to the video clip of the GBO in China