How these Global Leaders are Making a Difference with Sustainable Consumption/Production #SDG12

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The Global Challenge
We all must do more with less, and SDG 12 is about specific ways to do achieve this. Currently, sustaining the lifestyle of everyone on Earth will require three Earths by 2050, with expected population growth.
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Using resources more efficiently reduces costs for those who pay for them, including businesses. But for many companies, their supply chains’ scale and complexity poses challenges to enacting sustainable practices. Many examples and resources are available to support supply chain sustainability.
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SDG 12 calls to “Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns” (SCP). Its targets address efficiency in the use of natural resources; sustainable management of natural resources; food waste and food losses in production; managing chemicals and wastes to reduce their release into air, water and soil; reducing waste generation (recycling, etc.); corporate sustainability reporting; public procurement; awareness-raising about sustainable lifestyles; sustainable tourism; and wasteful consumption of fossil fuels.
Learn from Leaders Taking Action on SDG 12
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JSW Foundation
(SDG Target 12.2:
By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources)
JSW is a conglomerate with footprints in steel, energy, infrastructure, cement, ventures and sports. JSW’s foundation emphasizes water conservation as part of responsible consumption. In Barmer, Rajasthan, India, the JSW Foundation works with the Watershed Organisation Trust and the community to revive large tracts of arid land. The project has revived 24 water tanks and rejuvenated 95 hectares of land. The Foundation is also working towards facilitating rainwater harvesting in the plants premises and surrounding communities. Learn more.
Nespresso
(SDG Target 12.5: By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse)
Nespresso has installed 14,000 collection points for its plastic coffee capsules around the world. The company notes that recycling aluminum generates only 5% of the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions compared with primary aluminum, and its light weight results in transportation and environmental savings when compared to other packaging materials. Learn more.
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Tesco
(SDG Target 12.3: By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses)
Tesco was the first British retailer to reveal data on its food waste, which it put at 28,500 tonnes in the first half of the year. Tesco has announced steps to reduce food waste, including by: ending multiple-buy offers on large bags of salad (68% of all salad grown to be sold in bags ends up wasted); working with growers to reduce pests and disease of fruits, improve transport, educate customers about storage tips (40% of apples, 25% of grapes, 20% of bananas are wasted); and phasing out “sell-by” and “display until’ labels used in stores. Tesco’s Group Chief Executive David Lewis is chairing the Champions 12.3 coalition to support the reduction of food loss and waste in line with the SDG target. Lewis says Tesco is “committed to tackling food waste not only in our own operations but also through strong and effective partnerships with our suppliers and by helping our customers reduce waste and save money.” Learn more.
Also joining the trend to reduce food waste are grocery brands Intermarche, Asda, Whole Foods, Giant Eagle, Raleys, Associated, Safeway, which are educating customers about the hidden beauty of “ugly fruit” and other “recovered” foods. Learn more here and here.
Vestas
(SDG Target 12.5: By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse)
Vestas is the only global energy company dedicated exclusively to wind energy. It has set a target to make turbines 3% more efficient by 2020, compared to 2010 baseline. It also has initiated research on recycling of its blade materials, to “overcome the major obstacle in wind turbine recyclability” and reduce product waste. Vestas is a member of the GenVind Innovation Consortium, which seeks to enable sustainable recycling of plastic composites. Learn more.
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Positive Luxury
(SDG Target 12.6: Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle)
Positive Luxury has created an index to rank luxury brands by ethical and sustainability standards. The “Butterfly Mark” is awarded to companies in the fields of travel and hospitality, fashion and accessories, jewelry and watches, beauty, premium drinks, and living. The Mark shows that the brand continually invests in social good and environmental responsibility. Positive Luxury informs consumers, while creating positive pressure to drive change.
Campi Ya Kanzi is ranked highly for its ecotourism support in Kenya, which educates guests about sustainability and recycles waste. Fulgore, an Ecaudorian handmade accessories brand, received the Butterfly Mark for following waste reduction targets, recycling waste, eliminating hazardous substances from its products, ensuring that suppliers monitor the use of toxic chemicals in production, and making packaging from recycled, recyclable, FSC certified or PEFC certified materials.
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Michelin, Firestone and Pirelli
(SDG Targets 12.2, 12.5 and 12.6)
Michelin has created an innovative business model to recycle tires, creating additional revenues and facilitating better resource use. The company notes that tires can be reused as filling materials, soundproof walls, railroad ties, drainage solutions and synthetic surfaces for sports fields and playgrounds. Michelin says that 95% of end-of-life tires are recovered in Europe and 97% in Brazil. (Target 12.5)
Meanwhile, Firestone’s Spent Tire Initiative aims to keep tires out of natural habitats, creeks, and landfills and advance a “waste-free vision” for the tire industry. (Target 12.5)
Pirelli supports sustainability reporting, by asking suppliers to undergo climate change performance monitoring by CDP, and the company is on the UN Global Compact LEAD Steering Committee, aiming to improve companies’ communication on environmental, social and governance issues (Target 12.6). Pirelli also highlights its efforts for efficient use of water and other resources in the production process. It says water withdrawal has been reduced by 42% compared to 2009 levels, and aims to reduce it by 58% by 2020. (Target 12.2)
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WRAP
(
SDG Targets 12.2 and 12.3)
WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) focuses on using resources sustainably around the world. The organization is working with the EU to prevent waste in the food supply chain, and is part of the United Nations’ Think.Eat.Save campaign. WRAP brings together like-minded organizations to create a global network focused on making grocery products more sustainable. The “Love Food Hate Waste” consumer campaign raises awareness about food waste and provides easy ways for people to reduce the amount of food they throw away.
Leather Working Group
(SDG Target 12.4)
The Leather Working Group (LWG) promotes sustainable environmental stewardship practices within the leather industry. It has created protocol to accurately assess the compliance and environmental stewardship practices of leather manufacturers. Companies such as Timberland then can ensure they are sourcing leather only from tanneries receiving a Gold or Silver rating from LWG. Learn more.
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Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Group
(SDG Target 12.4)
Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Group members such as H&M are committed to eliminating hazardous chemicals from their supply chains by 2020. The Group has issued a Joint Roadmap outlining the 2020 goals related to “safe chemistries” for the apparel and footwear industry. Learn more.
Zoological Society of London
(SDG Target 12.5)
The Zoological Society of London is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity. In the Net-Works partnership with carpet tile manufacturer Interface, local community members are supported to recover discarded fishing nets in coastal areas in the Philippines and use them in making carpet tiles. Learn more.
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WIEGO Network
(SDG Target 12.5)
Waste pickers are essential to reclaiming waste for the recycling industry, which reduces greenhouse gases and supplies raw materials and packaging materials to stimulate the economy, notes the World Bank, which calls waste pickers “the world’s recyclers.” To integrate them into the solid waste sector and support their work, the WIEGO Network (Women in Informal Employment – Globalizing and Organizing) provides space and equipment and works to ensure fair prices for the waste they collect. Learn more.
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2015 Honorable Mention: Xinca Eco Shoes
Xinca makes footwear with recycled material. The sole in our shoes is made out of the rubber taken from used tires, which are a threat to our environment. For the upper part of trainers we re- use fabric taken from pants, work uniforms or textile discard in general. In the productive process we offer job opportunities to people or sectors who, for different reasons, can’t have a formal job. We provide them with the material which we take to their home and they glue the pieces together and cut them out so that we can finish the product in the factory.
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These Leaders are Making a Difference with Sustainable Cities #SDG11

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Why Take Action?
The Global Challenge
Cities are large-scale users of energy, water and processed and natural products. Cities generate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and produce waste beyond the planet’s regenerative and carrying capacity.
Cities also are sites of extreme deprivation for many people. Nearly 60% of urban dwellers in developing countries report being affected by crime. In addition, more than a billion people live in slums, where they experience poor housing conditions and inadequate access to basic services (e.g. sanitation, security, and clean water), health, sufficient food, decent transport, job opportunities and education. Youth and women are often worse off if they live in slums.
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With nearly 75% of worldwide economic activity occurring in an urban setting, cities are responsible for most global consumption and production, and they drive development and economic growth.
The challenge and opportunity for economic activity in cities is to create jobs and prosperity while not straining land and resources. Investments are needed in safe and affordable housing, upgrading slum settlements, public transport, creating green public spaces, and improving urban planning and management. Most metropolitan areas and cities around the world have already started investing in sustainable innovation and streamlining their infrastructure. The real estate sector must be committed to curbing speculation and forging sustainable business approaches for equitable service delivery and resource efficiency.
Make a Difference with Action on SDG 11
SDG 11 calls to “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.” Its targets address housing, slums, transport and road safety, accessibility, sustainable urbanization, cultural and natural heritage, disasters, air quality and waste management, and green public spaces.
Learn from Leaders Taking Action on SDG 11
Karibu Homes image Karibu Homes (SDG Target 11.1)
Karibu Homes is a residential and commercial real estate developer. Karibu Homes aims to set a new standard for affordable housing for families in Kenya, where 60% of urban residents live in slums. The homes are targeted at Kenya’s growing middle class, while also opening home ownership to low-income families, through two categories of houses for sale. The prices of the homes are set to ensure that monthly payments do not exceed one third of disposable income. The housing developments also include a commercial center and social amenities. Learn more.
The founders note that rapid urbanization is creating demand for such developments.
President Uhuru Kenyatta recently visited Karibu Homes and announced his government’s own plans to provide affordable housing for Kenyans, saying he will study the model for replication in an upcoming government project.
TD Bank Green image TD Bank (SDG Target 11.7)
As part of its Green Streets program, TD Bank supports urban forestry projects in Canada, the US, the UK and Luxembourg, with over $50,000 in grants to date. TD Green Streets enables cities to grow and care for urban forests and increase community green spaces. Among the project supported include bio-swales, rain gardens, citizen pruner programs, urban orchards and “forest classrooms.”
Cisco (SDG Target 11.7)
Cisco seeks to ensure environmentally sound disposal of electronic products at the end of their useful life, noting that “the rapid proliferation of electronic products has led to more and more of them showing up at landfills.” Cisco’s Takeback and Recycle Program disassembles and processes equipment to retrieve steel, aluminum, copper, plastics, shredded circuit boards, and cables. The company returns these materials to the market, where they are made into new products. The program is open to all users of Cisco equipment and equipment branded by companies acquired by Cisco. It also works with customers to dispose of competitors’ or other IT products. Learn more about CSR in Cisco’s supply chain.
Skanska HQ image Skanska (SDG Target 11.c)
The construction group has a specialization in sustainable buildings, including choosing building materials using a lifecycle approach and ensuring that projects will meet the requirements for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, the U.S. Green Building Council’s system for energy and environmental classification of buildings. Learn more.
McKinsey & Company
Among McKinsey & Company’s services is working with mayors, urban planners, utilities and others to create sustainable cities, including to improve utility services, minimize waste, and reduce a city’s environmental footprint. It also works on strategies to revitalize older cities, and build “greenfield” cities that attract new jobs and industries while having a minimal carbon footprint. The company conducts independent research, participates in debates in partnership with universities, and explore new approaches to public-private partnerships. Learn more.
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C40 Cities image C40 Cities Initiative (SDG Target 11.6)
C40 is a network of the world’s megacities working together to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health, well being and economic opportunities of urban citizens. Up to 80% of urban citizens are regularly exposed to air pollution levels that exceed the limits recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), causing more than 3 million premature deaths worldwide every year, according to recent findings.
C40 Mayors are taking action for cleaner air and better public health through Low Emission Zones for private vehicles, low-emission public transport, and a partnership with MasterCard to connect megacities around the world in a “Mobility Management” network. The network will use data from MasterCard on public transport use to maximize transport systems’ efficiency, reduce infrastructure investment costs, and minimize emissions and air pollution.
Bloomberg Philanthropies, Citi, CDP and Siemens are among C40’s funders and partners. Learn more.
As C40 says, “Cities are where the future happens first.”
The Global Partnership for Sustainable Transport (SDG Target 11.2)
A business and industry-led initiative, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Transport (GPST) focuses on material topics in the transportation sector, to enhance the industry’s positive footprint on ESG priorities. In addition to supporting existing transportation sector partnerships, the GPST initiative mobilizes business and industry associations to advocate the effective integration of ESG issues into macro topics such as trade facilitation and transit corridor development. Learn more about the transportation sector from the UN Global Compact.
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Paradigm’s L.I.F.E. program – L.I.F.E. (Life Skills, ICTs, Financial Readiness and Entrepreneurship Skills) is a train-the-trainer capacity building initiative to transform slums in Nigeria, as a model of intervention for other underserved communities. Training participants are then either matched with companies to complete internships or supported to pursue their entrepreneurial interests.
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Fighting Inequality: Which Companies are Diversity Leaders? (SDG 10)

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Why Take Action?
The Global Challenge
Inequality within countries rose by 11% in developing countries between 1990 and 2010. Economic growth is not enough to reduce poverty and inequality; growth must be inclusive of all segments of society, and involve the three dimensions of sustainable development. In turn, inequality can harm growth, as well as the quality of political and public life.
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Fighting inequality can unlock new markets, attract new business, lead to innovation of new products or services, increase employee morale and productivity, and manage risk in communities. The UN Global Compact suggests these steps for business:

  • Create decent jobs, goods and services that help meet basic needs, and more inclusive value chains.
  • Make strategic social investments and promote public policies that support social sustainability.
  • Partner with other businesses, pooling strengths to make a greater positive impact.
McKinsey research has found that diversity is recognized as a core driver of business growth and innovation, leading to higher earnings and greater shareholder value. Hewlett Packard is among the companies who have observed that “engaging diverse suppliers supports the economic strength of local communities while enhancing innovation and competitive advantage in our supply chain.” To this end it seeks suppliers who are: small businesses; located in underutilized commercial and industrial zones; aboriginal/indigenous-owned businesses; service-disabled veteran owned businesses; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender owned businesses.
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Identify Inequality Challenges in your Supply Chain
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Inequality-Adjusted Human Development Index

Find out how each country in your supply chain ranks in the Inequality-Adjusted Human Development Index (IHDI) from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), which considers health, education and income levels in the context of their distribution among the country’s population.

GINI Index

For more on income distribution in each country, see the World Bank’s GINI index. Learn more about income inequality across the world and throughout history, from Our World in Data.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Anti-Discrimination Database

This database points to international regional and national measures to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. Learn more.

OECD Data
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) details income inequality within countries as of 2012. It also compares countries by “discriminatory family code,” discrimination against women, and other indicators.
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Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index
The new Bloomberg Financial Services Gender-Equality Index finds that the average number of women serving on the boards of the 26 companies has almost doubled over the past three years. Pax World Management’s CEO observes that “Companies are moving forward without waiting for the government to act.” Learn more.
Learn from Leaders Taking Action on SDG 10
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Novartis, AT&T, Sodexo

These three companies are among the 2016 Top 50 Companies for Diversity, compiled by DiversityInc, which assesses performance in workforce breakdown and recruitment, equitable talent development, CEO and leadership commitment, and supplier diversity. Learn more.

Hewlett Packard
HP was the first IT company to require direct employment of foreign migrant workers in its supply chain, through the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Supply Chain Foreign Migrant Worker Standard. The Standard also reinforces the rights of workers to retain their passports and personal documentation, and prohibits worker-paid recruitment fees. HP is now focusing on ensuring the protections are upheld, through forced labor assessments and regular monitoring.
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HSBC Holdings Plc, BNP Paribas SA, Old
Mutual Plc, Hartford Financial Services Group,
Deutsche Bank AG

These are the companies listed as having the largest percentages of women serving on their boards, among the members of the Bloomberg Financial Services Gender-Equality Index. Learn more.

Nike
Nike provides an interactive map showing the percentage of migrant workers and female workers in each factory in is supply chain. The release of information about its contract factories in 2005 made Nike the first company in its industry to disclose factory names and addresses, and the more recently available interactive map is a further step toward transparency, which also enables organizations to seek support for migrant workers. Learn more.
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Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney Company is recognized for its leadership in creating an inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees, receiving the Trevor Award for 2015. Disney notes that it has earned a perfect score for ten years on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, for LGBT community outreach and engagement, employee resource groups and programs, training for managers and parity for all employees.

Harley-Davidson
The company has made working with minority and female-owned suppliers as part of its business strategy. To achieve this, it allocates resources to support procurement decisions, and trains employees to actively cultivate relationships with diverse businesses. Learn more. Other companies known for their focus on supplier diversity include Bristol Meyers Squibb.
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Partnering with NGOs focusing on reducing inequalities can help leverage the experiences, knowledge, best practices and network of these global organizations to amplify your efforts.
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Dandelion – Specialisterne
A Danish NGO called Specialisterne leads the Dandelion program with support from HP Enterprise, to bring autistic people into competitive jobs, and is “revolutionizing employment diversity.” HPE notes that “People on the autism spectrum often have excellent skills that lend themselves very naturally to jobs that require focus—including their attention to detail, and their ability to think differently and recognize patterns,” such as positions in testing, analytics, IT operations and cyber security positions. Learn more.
Catalyst

Catalyst supports diversity in the workplace, in Asia, North America, Israel and South Africa.

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre has created the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB), the first-ever ranking of the world’s largest publicly listed companies on their human rights performance. The final scores from the pilot benchmark process will be available in November 2016, and provide rankings for the top 100 companies in the agricultural products, apparel, and extractive industries.
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2015 Employee Engagement Nominee: TenSquared
TenSquared is a program in partnership with Social Accountability International (SAI), which gives workers and managers a unique and powerful experience of working together, as equals, to improve performance on a concrete indicator of workplace safety and health. While achieving results, the process also transforms the perspectives that workers and managers have of each other, and creates lasting relationships of trust and respect.
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Businesses Expected to Excel and Grow in Infrastructure and Innovation (SDG 9)

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Why Take Action?
The Global Challenge
Many developing countries lack widespread basic infrastructure – roads, sanitation, water, electrical power, and phone, internet, and other information and communication technologies (ICTs). This creates a major barrier to doing business, inhibits innovation and entrepreneurship, and limits access to health care and education.
The lack of access to safe drinking water for over 660 million people translates to a demand for water-related infrastructure. Sustainalytics has reported that global water demand is expected to increase 50% by 2030, requiring $25 trillion in water infrastructure.
With regard to internet access – which 60% of the world’s population currently lacks – the UN says a shortage of 900,000 skilled ICT workers is still expected in 2020.
Schools, hospitals and clinics comprise another area of infrastructure where there is acute financing need to achieve the SDGs, says the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB): “the sums involved are enormous and the timeframe is short.”
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PwC research has found that business sees its potential contribution to the SDGs most clearly in Goal 9 (build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation), following Goal 8 (decent work) and Goal 13 (climate change). These are the areas where business most expects to be able to excel and grow.
The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) reports that there is a finance gap of US$500 billion per year for infrastructure investment. It explains, “governments are therefore increasingly looking for mechanisms to close this gap, crowd-in private finance, and improve efficiency and effectiveness of infrastructure projects. Innovative approaches to infrastructure finance and sustainable public procurement will be critical to their success.”
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Identify Infrastructure and Industrialization Challenges
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Start by gaining a deeper understanding of the challenges related to sustainable industrialization, innovation and infrastructure in your supply chain.
UNIDO image Industrial Performance

Search the country-by-country database from the UN Industrial Development Organizations (UNIDO) for statistics for major indicators of industrial performance. The country data are given in comparison with figures for the geographical region or development group.

Private Participation in Infrastructure
The World Bank’s Private Participation in Infrastructure (PPI) Project Database has data on over 6,400 infrastructure projects in 139 low- and middle-income countries, including projects in energy, telecommunications, transport, and water and sewerage. Search by sector, by 139 countries, or by world region.
OECD image Innovation Policy
These country reviews of innovation policy include recommendations in improving policy, including R&D, and identifying good practices. The Innovation Policy Platform (IPP) was developed by the World Bank Group and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
OECD also provides further resources on R&D Tax Incentives and another resource from the IPP provides information on intellectual property (IP) rights.
Learn from Leaders Taking Action on SDG 9
Virgin pledge image Virgin
Virgin CEO Richard Branson has publicly pledged to apply innovation, resources and expertise to pursue the business opportunities inherent in building a greener, more equitable and inclusive society. He adds, “I am a business leader who knows that business cannot succeed in societies that fail.” Branson encourages other CEOs to make similar pledges through the Business Worthy initiative.
Cisco mentors image Cisco
According to Cisco, “many companies report difficulty in finding skilled people for technology jobs. Women represent a large, untapped resource of technology talent.”
Cisco takes an active role in inspiring girls and young women to learn about technology and pursue careers in ICT, through hands-on exposure to technology and engagement with industry professionals.
Girls Power Tech is a Cisco Global Mentoring Initiative, held in conjunction with the UN’s International Girls in ICT Day, organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
Cisco has pledged that 20% of its workforce will spend 20 hours a year on STEM mentoring by 2020 (science, technology, engineering and math), with an emphasis on women and girls.
NAB corp office image National Australia Bank (NAB)
In line with SDG target 9.4, to “upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes,” NAB recently switched to LED bulbs at its head office in Melbourne, replacing 4,000 light bulbs with LED bulbs. The switch resulted in a 60% reduction in energy use and saved NAB about $14 million, it was reported. Learn more about NAB’s corporate responsibility initiatives.
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Partnering with NGOs focusing on infrastructure, innovation and sustainable industrialization can help leverage the experiences, knowledge, best practices and network of these global organizations to amplify your efforts.
Equator Principles image Equator Principles
Approximately 80 members of the banking industry have united to develop and apply a framework of sustainability standards to guide the financing of infrastructure projects. The voluntary Equator Principles provides a framework to manage environmental and social risks in financing projects, and are regarded as a minimum standard. Additional diligence is required for projects where human rights could be a major issue, as highlighted by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reflecting on the murder of Berta Cáceres, and with regard to climate change and emissions from larger projects.
The signatories, called Equator Principles Financial Institutions (EPFIs), include Barclays, Credit Suisse, Citigroup, ING, and Bank of Tokyo. Together, the signatories constitute more than 70% of project financing in emerging markets. The Framework requires signatory banks to conduct due diligence in areas that were not traditionally covered under many clients’ environmental and social risk management practices, according to BSR.
ISAP image Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals (ISAP)
The Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals (ISAP), a network of agriculture and allied sector professionals in India, seeks to promote farmers’ empowerment with agriculture knowledge through a call center and selling farm produce. ICT-based innovations for agriculture address farmers’ information needs by facilitating farm extension services to help them improve crop productivity, optimize resources, increase price realization and enhance livelihood options. Corporate partners include: Microsoft; Qualcomm; and Tata Chemicals.
Impact 2030 image Impact 2030
Under Impact 2030, companies commit to: “Encourage the development and deployment of corporate volunteer initiatives geared towards the provision of local innovative solutions to building resilient infrastructure, and to better plan and manage new and existing human settlements,” alongside commitments linked to the other SDGs. Impact 2030 also provides an Employee Toolkit to engage staff in the initiative, such as a flyer on hosting a talk on the SDGs and a quiz to identify the SDGs that best match one’s interests and personality. Partners include Amway, Dow, RitzCarlton, Google, UPS and Southwest.
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Protoprint image 2015 Impact Sourcing Honorable Mention: Protoprint
Protoprint provides low-cost technology for waste picker co-operatives in India, to add value to the waste plastic they collect, by allowing them to turn it into 3D printer filament. Production takes place in a shed at the garbage dump, and Protoprint pays Rs.300/kg of filament processed (as compared to Rs.14/kg the wastepickers normally get by selling the plastic to scrap dealers).
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Decent Work is Good for Business: Learn from the Leaders, Collaborate with a Partner

17 Weeks for 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
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Why Take Action?
The Global Challenge –
While the global labor force grows, employment is not keeping up. But even having a job is not enough; decent work is a must for sustained, inclusive, and sustainable growth. A lack of decent jobs, the ILO reports, “lead to an erosion of the basic social contract underlying democratic societies: that all must share in progress.”
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Decent work is good for business, says the UN Global Compact. Improving workplace practices can raise morale and job satisfaction, and foster creativity and innovation. Upholding freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining can improve industrial relations and lower social auditing costs. Finally, taking action to reduce unemployment supports a more stable business environment.
SDG 8 calls to promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and
productive employment and decent work for all.
What is Decent Work? [Video]
Make a Difference Taking Action on Goal 8
Identify Employment Challenges in your Supply Chain
Start by gaining a deeper understanding of the challenges related to economic growth, inclusion, employment, and decent work in your supply chain.
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Economic Growth

This World Bank resource shows economic growth by region and income level.

Decent Work

The International Labour Organization (ILO) provides Decent Work Country Profiles, along with factsheets and guidebooks.

Labor Practices, Employment, Management Relations, Occupational Health and Safety, Diversity
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) resource center on Labor Practices and Decent Work shows the indicators used in a comprehensive sustainability report.
CIA factbook image Unemployment
The CIA World Factbook provides country-by-country information on unemployment, youth unemployment and more.

Vulnerable Employment
The UN’s Human Development Report shows the “vulnerable employment” rate, by country, among other indicators. See Statistical Table 13.
Know the chain image Forced Labor
Know the Chain is a resource for businesses and investors on forced labor abuses within supply chains. It uses benchmarks to provide information on performance and example of good practices, beginning with the information and communication technology sector. See resources.
The ILO provides this checklist for compliance and combatting forced labor.
Align your Workplace with New Requirements
Human rights image Are you ready for tighter anti-trafficking laws?
According to the UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015 companies now must publish a slavery and human trafficking statement. Similarly, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act and additional obligations are also coming into force, such as closing markets for goods produced with the use of slavery.

The Business and Human Rights Resource Centre will publicize which companies comply with the obligations, and compare what each company has done to eradicate forced labor and human trafficking through their supply chains.

Saint-Gobain, Halfords and Imperial Tobacco are identified as “early movers” already providing their statements.
What else can business do? The International Organisation of Employers (IOE) suggests: promoting responsible recruitment practices in the informal sector; lobbying for stronger laws and regulations; raising public awareness; improving monitoring of the supply chain and enable due diligence action; and providing internal training to prevent human trafficking in business operations, including by suppliers.
Learn from Leaders Taking Action on SDG 8
skills to succeed video Accenture
Accenture’s Skills to Succeed program equips people with skills to get a job or build a business. Pierre Nanterme, Accenture’s chairman & CEO, sees “an exceptional opportunity to make a difference in the communities where we work and live – from closing employment gaps to advancing client sustainability to accelerating gender equality in the workforce.”
Eileen Fisher image Eileen Fisher
The apparel company is committed to two standards that support decent work. For factories, it uses Social Accountability International’s SA8000, while for “cottage” industries, it applies the Ethical Trading Initiative’s Base Code. In addition, Eileen Fisher trains factory workers and managers in China on various corporate social responsibilities issues, to empower the workforce and facilitate participation in improving workplace conditions. The training is conducted in partnership with Verité.
Eileen Fisher also pursues fair trade by supporting an “alternative supply chain” in Peru, in which workers are paid higher wages and which is designed specifically to preserve family and community relationships. Learn more.
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Amplify your Impact: Collaborate with NGOs
and Other Companies
Partnering with NGOs focusing on employment, decent work, and inclusive economic growth can help leverage the experiences, knowledge, best practices and network of these global organizations to amplify your efforts.
Image Credit: IFAD/G.M.B.Akash International Fund for Agricultural Development

The UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) just announced a USD 25.8 million loan to the government of Sri Lanka to increase incomes for rural households, through a project for tea and rubber smallholders. IFAD reports that the project will help small farmers improve production and processing, and align their products to take advantage of market opportunities. It will also make rural finance more accessible in order to help farmers develop their rubber or tea business. IFAD’s representative in Sri Lanka said, “We are connecting farmers to the value chain, in both the tea and rubber sectors, so that they are stakeholders in producing, processing and marketing their products.”

 

United Way
In Brazil, United Way recruits volunteers from the private sector to lead training courses for youth, on financial education and entrepreneurial skills such as marketing, accounting and English. More than 500 youth have participated in these training courses. H&R Block and Walmart are among United Way’s corporate partners on income
Fair Factories Clearinghouse
The Fair Factories Clearinghouse (FFC) is a nonprofit with a collaborative membership community that seeks to create more efficient and humane workplaces worldwide. FFC provides private companies with expertise and resources, enabling exchange of information and collaboration between brands. Members include REI, The Children’s Place, New Balance, and Adidas Group.
Register for Upcoming GSC Webinar
GSC Webinar Featuring CDP Supply Chains Program Report
Wednesday, June 8th, 12:00 pm ET
This joint webinar with CDP will highlight how global companies are: Integrating CDP data into their procurement processes; Using CDP data to set targets for GHG emissions and water conservation; and Collaborating with suppliers on climate change initiatives that drive carbon and cost savings. Register Here.
Join the Sustainable Sourcing Community:
Become a GSC Member to Drive Results
Download 17/17 Prospectus As a GSC member, you will gain global exposure for your sustainability efforts and benefit from the ability to demonstrate leadership, educate and inspire more action in sourcing, supply chains and procurement.
As part of your GSC membership, you will also have the opportunity to communicate your SDG support of the 17 Weeks/17 SDGs initiative and sponsor the 3S Awards.
GSC 17/17 Media Partners
GA Institute SIG 3BL Media 2Degrees Network
Highlight your Work for Growth and Employment in Sourcing:
Apply Today for 2016 3S Awards
AMBA video image 2015 Winner for Impact Sourcing Award: AMBA
AMBA empowers adults with moderate to severe intellectual disability with innovative tools so they can make economic contributions to their families and society.
Boomers video image 2015 Nominee for Employee Engagement Award: Boomers International
Boomers International Ltd in Ghana manufactures and distributes environmentally friendly bamboo bicycles to global distributors, to address youth unemployment, rural-urban migration, and poverty.
3S Contact Form 3S Awards 2016
Are you a supplier addressing decent work challenges in your community? Do you know of others working to support employment and sustainable, inclusive growth in their supply chains?
Contact Angeline Judex, GSC Executive Director to learn how to participate in the 2016 3S (Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing) Awards and Gala taking place in New York in November.
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