Green Future is the fifth nonprofit organization to join the Sands Cares Accelerator program, launched by Sands in 2017 to help fast-track rising organizations on the tipping point of making a leap in community impact. The three-year program gives them extended funding, structured guidance, and customized support.
Green Future will focus its membership on creating a first-of-its-kind environmental social enterprise that provides a subsidized training course and urban waste sorting and logistics services focused on preparing cardboard for recycling, while offering local employment positions, including opportunities for disabled residents, in Macau.
Macau has a critical need for sustainable recycling services focused on cardboard, as more than 27 percent of all municipal solid waste consists of paper and cardboard.
Green Future currently provides public education on clean recycling and waste sorting services. Through resources and guidance gained through the Sands Cares Accelerator, Green Future will evolve these services into an environmental social enterprise that provides professional training and door-to-door waste recycling services.
“Being part of the Sands Cares Accelerator is a tremendous opportunity for Green Future,” said Un Ka Hou, president of Green Future.
“The program enables us to advance our mission to reduce urban waste in Macau while giving residents in need an opportunity for valuable long-term employment. We’re honored to be selected for the Sands Cares Accelerator and eager to begin our collaborative work with the Sands team to launch our environmental social enterprise.”
“Our Sands China team has worked with Green Future for several years now and knew they were a strong fit for the Sands Cares Accelerator,” said Ron Reese, senior vice president of global communications and corporate affairs, who spearheads corporate responsibility for the company.
“Their membership in the program has several benefits to the community – we are helping Green Future create valuable recycling services and provide opportunities for residents in need, while fostering the success of a local NGO and small business.
Each of these areas supports our priorities to drive environmental sustainability, workforce development, and local business and SME success.”