This article is concerned with the role of social partners in shaping the green economy. By reviewing a number of best practices, the Author explores the strategic contribute of social partners in outlining the green agenda and driving the economy towards more sustainable pathways. Specifically, linking variable pay to green objectives represents an effective incentive for workers and management to implement green practices. Collective bargaining on green salary is therefore regarded as a key instrument in greening the workplaces. Moreover, the dynamism of the green labour market requires actions aimed at promoting vocational education and training, as well as anticipating future skill needs. In this connection, social partners are supposed to play a fundamental role too.