ISBE Entrepreneurial Finance SIG Event, 27 March 2024


Sustainable Finance, UN’s SDGs and the Adoption of Innovations: Could SMEs make a difference in Global Development?

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) face significant challenges in implementing sustainability management practices compared to larger enterprises, such as a lack of institutional infrastructure, targeted technical advice, and access to funding. In fact, the complex context in which SMEs are placed regarding the tracking of the UN’s SDGs highlights the absence of SME sustainability policies in both developed and developing economies.

It seems then apparent that the role of SMEs in the use of finite global natural and social resources and the harnessing of sustainable development needs better research with real policy-making impact. In this roundtable, we would like to engage with the audience to discuss sustainable finance and the adoption of innovations in SMEs. We aim to explore the challenges faced by SMEs in implementing sustainability practices and how to support their efforts.

Organised by: Dr Mary Arrieta (University of Greenwich, PEGFA, ISBE)

Delivery mode: Hybrid (via Teams)

On-Campus venue: QA063 Greenwich Maritime Campus, London SE10 9LS

Date: Mar 27th

Time: 17:30 – 20:30 GMT


Dr Mónica de Castro Pardo (Universidad Complutense, Madrid), “Small enterprises and sustainability in rural areas”.

Prof. Pınar Gedikkaya (Bilkent University, Ankara), “Innovation for sustainability: The challenges faced by family-owned SMEs in Türkiye”.

Prof Robyn Owen (Middlesex University, London), ” The role of sustainable development goals in defining and measuring ecological innovation.”.

Dr Kenechukwu Ikebuaku (University of the Western Cape, South Africa), “The Role of Technology in Empowering SMEs Towards the Actualization of the SDGs”.

Prof Rafael Cartay (Emeritus Professor, University of Los Andes, Venezuela), “Climate change, production family and business agriculture in Latin America and the Caribbean”.

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