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Experience Sustainable NYC

New York City is bustling with life — and sustainability! The Finalists of the 2017 3S Awards got a taste of Sustainable New York during their week celebrating. They were given a tour of the Intercontinental New York Barclay Hotel (check out the sustainable oysters and homemade tonic water at the bar!), walked along the green roof on the Javits Center, and enjoyed the extraordinary views from the High Line at sunset.

How can you bring sustainable thinking into your company?

  • Know your SDGs
  • Investigate your company’s supply chain
  • Speak up when you find a better, more sustainable solution
  • Partner with local, small businesses

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Advocate Peace and Stability with #SDG16 – [GSC 17/17, Week 16]

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The Global Challenge
Corruption, bribery, theft and tax evasion cost US$1.26 trillion for developing countries per year, enough to relieve all people of extreme poverty for six years. Goal 16 also addresses peace and fragility, the rule of law, and quality of governance, all of which affect business’ operating environments.
Your Business Opportunity
Conflict and instability pose risks to all parts of the business sector. Anti-corruption engagement increasingly is being used as a litmus test for the overall quality of companies’ business practices and management. Firms also stand to benefit from working with community leaders and other stakeholders to create trust and transparency, thus reducing risk.
Make a Difference with Action on Goal 16
SDG 16 calls to “Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.”
SDG 16 addresses: reducing violence, ending violence against children (including trafficking), promoting rule of law and access to justice, reducing illicit flows and combating organized crime, reducing corruption and bribery, developing effective, accountable and transparent institutions, ensuring inclusive, representative decision-making, and ensuring public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms.
  Identify Conflict and Governance Challenges in your Supply Chain

Worldwide Governance Indicators
 The World Bank’s Worldwide Governance Indicators Project (WGI) informs companies in maintaining lists of Permitted Sourcing Countries. The project reports aggregate and individual governance indicators for 215 economies over the period 1996–2014, for six dimensions of governance: Voice and Accountability; Political Stability and Absence of Violence; Government Effectiveness; Regulatory Quality; Rule of Law and Control of Corruption. Disney removed Pakistan from its list of Textile Raw Material providers in 2014, reportedly using the WGI. Learn more.

Global Compact Local Networks
The UN Global Compact’s Local Networks enable members to ensure local ownership of issues related to peace. Companies are invited to work alongside participating Local Networks to advance peace in: Canada, Colombia, Egypt, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Turkey, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and Ukraine.
In Colombia, the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá helped to launch the Business for Peace Working Table, which seeks to build collective participation and learning. Learn more.
Rule of Law Index
The 2015 Rule of Law Index from the World Justice Project shows how each country scores and ranks on eight factors: Constraints on Government Powers, Absence of Corruption, Open Government, Fundamental Rights, Order and Security, Regulatory Enforcement, Civil Justice, and Criminal Justice. Learn more.
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Good Governance for Extractive Industries
The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network provides a variety of resources on good governance of extractive and land resources. Learn more.
Six Ways to Promote Transparency and Accountability
The UN Global Compact reports that companies are increasingly taking action to stop corruption. It suggests the following six steps to promote transparency and accountability in your company.
  1. Commit: Make anti-corruption part of your company culture and operations. Show your employees, customers and suppliers that your company has a zero-tolerance policy on bribery & corruption.
  2. Assess: Know your risks and prepare for them. Recognize opportunities to improve your business by improving compliance.
  3. Define: Define what success means for your company. Develop goals, strategies and policies and get buy-in from colleagues by clearly showing the importance of these policies.
  4. Implement: Make anti-corruption programmes and policies integral throughout your company, including your value chain.
  5. Measure: What gets measured gets done. Monitor and measure the impact of your anti-corruption policies to identify what’s working and what still needs work.
  6. Communicate: Consistently communicate your progress to stakeholders, always striving for continuous improvement.
Your company can also join UNGC’s Anti-Corruption Working Group and sign the Anti-Corruption Call to Action.
Reporting Guidance on Anti-Corruption (10th Principle)
This principle, that “Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery,” is considered the most difficult to implement. The reporting guidance from Transparency International aims to help businesses achieve it. Learn about Transparency International.
Learn from Leaders Taking Action on SDG 16

Apple
Apple audits all of its suppliers for the use of “conflict minerals” that may support militia groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It says the supply chains of its iPhones and other products includes 242 smelters and refiners of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold, and auditing 100% of these suppliers is aimed at ensuring that no conflict minerals are used, while making a positive impact in the smelters’ communities.
According to Bloomberg, only a few companies fully audit their supply chains for conflict minerals. To reach a fully audited supply chain, Apple had to remove 35 smelters from its supply chain because they objected to the audits; “we felt they were at risk of continuing to buy metals from armed groups,” according to Apple. Learn more.
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Business for Peace
Business for Peace is a platform of over 130 leading companies from 37 countries working to catalyze collaborative action to advance peace. Members can manage business risks and reduce operational costs, share best practices, and demonstrate leadership. They also commit to pay heightened attention to implementing the UN Global Compact Ten Principles in high-risk and conflict-affected areas. Learn more.
Business Action Pledge in Response to Refugee Crisis
The Business Action Pledge in Response to the Refugee Crisis encourages the private sector to support existing efforts and provide solutions to widespread societal disruption. Launched by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in partnership with the UN Global Compact in September 2015, the Pledge calls on companies with operations or supply chains in countries that are producing, transiting and receiving refugees to determine how to best support, based on their own assets and capabilities. Share your company’s actions.

UNDP Innovation Labs
The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is working to devise low-cost tools to address corruption and build peace. Learn more.
Colombia: Vodaphone and Microsoft
Working with Vodafone, Microsoft and other companies, UNDP crowdsourced ideas for innovations to support the peace and reconciliation process in Colombia. The project supports initiatives on: drones for mine clearance; a crowdfunding platform for financing rapid responses for peace; peace education in conflict-affected regions; and Obras de Paz, a job matching platform for ex-combatants specialized in the construction sector.
Papua New Guinea: MobiMedia and Digicel
An estimated 40% of PNG’s annual budget is lost to corruption and mismanagement. These Australian telecom companies partnered with UNDP to develop an SMS-based reporting system that allows civil servants in PNG to anonymously report corruption. The “Phones against Corruption” initiative was tested with 1,200 staff in the Department of Finance, leading to the arrest of two public officials for fund mismanagement of over US$ 2 million. The service may be expanded to Fiji, Bangladesh, and other countries.
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Take a Stand With Your Life on Land #SDG15 – [GSC 17/17, Week 15]

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The Global Challenge
People need nature to thrive. Deforestation – which takes place around the world at a rate of 13 million hectares per year – is due largely to commercial agriculture. The loss of forest also causes loss of biodiversity, leading to low crop productivity and value, in a vicious cycle. At the same time, deforestation drives climate change. Where drought and desertification degrades land, 20 million tons of grains could have been grown each year. These interlocking causes and effects are the focus of SDG 15: Life on Land.
Your Business Opportunity
Businesses can begin working on SDG 15 by finding out how suppliers source materials. (Here are lists of key products to avoid and question.) Businesses can go beyond assessing their environmental impacts, and find pressure points to connect across supply chains and industries to sustain the natural habitats that enable their businesses to thrive.
Make a Difference with Action on Goal 15
SDG 15 calls to “Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.”
  Align your Company or Institution with Best Practices on Biodiversity

Responsible Down Standard
The Responsible Down Standard was developed by The North Face and is managed by the non-profit Textile Exchange. It is a global animal-welfare and traceability standard using an established chain-of-custody process to help companies source down from ducks and geese that haven’t been force-fed or live-plucked for their feathers. Supporters include Adidas, REI and Timberland. Learn more.

Biodiversity for Banks
Financial institutions face risks associated with biodiversity and ecosystem services in their lending decisions. To help them overcome the challenge of incorporating these risks, the Equator Principles Association – along with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Program (BBOP) – has launched the “Biodiversity for Banks” program (B4B). Learn more.
Club De Excelencia en Sostenibilidad
The Club de Excelencia en Sostenibilidad has collected Best Business Practices in Biodiversity Management in a catalogue of 40 projects carried out by large Spanish companies and SMEs to preserve the flora, fauna, habitats and water resources. Club members include BASF, Cemex, and Vodaphone. Learn more.
 Identify Biodiversity Hotspots in your Supply Chain
SDG 15

Biodiversity hotspots hold especially high numbers of unique species. Healthy ecosystems provide important services for human well-being, such as clean air and water, flood and climate control, and soil regeneration, as well as food, medicines and raw materials.
Identify biodiversity hot spots in your supply chain in: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, North and Central America and South America. Learn more.

Biodiversity Hotspots

Learn from Leaders Taking Action on SDG 15
Unilever
Unilever has achieved its target of only sourcing from sustainable palm oil, and is now pursuing “total traceability” to certified sustainable sources. Any prospective supplier to Unilever must ensure that their environmental practices are up to date. Learn more.
EcoPlanet Bamboo 
This company seeks to industrialize bamboo as a viable and environmentally attractive alternative fiber for timber manufacturing industries. EcoPlanet Bamboo seeks to provide bamboo-based replacements for products that contribute to deforestation. By using only degraded land for its bamboo plantations, the company avoids competing with food production, and restores land into fully functioning ecosystems. The plantations are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC™) to ensure responsible management.
In June 2016 EcoPlanet Bamboo tripled the size of its Ghana operations, allowing it to create its first closed-loop, low-footprint, bamboo-based bio-refinary, while restoring an entire forest ecosystem and providing 1,500 jobs in an area of extreme rural poverty. The agreement is signed under a public-private partnership with the Government of Ghana, through the Ghana Forestry Commission. Learn more.
Ralph Lauren and Etsy 
These companies are among the 16 who recently made commitments to combat wildlife crime, both trafficking and consumer demand, which “is urgently threatening our planet’s most iconic species,” according to WWF. WWF adds that companies can “have a direct impact on the wildlife crime crisis by securing their supply chains and empowering consumers to make responsible purchases.”
JPMorgan Chase
JPMorgan Chase is the founding sponsor of NatureVest, an initiative of The Nature Conservancy to drive investment in conservation. NatureVest brings together conservation leaders, communities, policymakers and investors to build the field of conservation finance. Learn more.
LVMH Group
The wealth of biodiversity is “absolutely indispensable” to LVMH’s brands, the Group says, explaining its commitment to regulatory compliance and “well beyond.”  LVMH is the first private sector enterprise to hold a seat on the board of the French Foundation for Research on Biodiversity (FRB), and is a member of the Responsible Ecosystems Sourcing Platform (RESP), which brings together luxury industry stakeholders to develop and promote sustainable practices for the sourcing of raw materials and natural resources. Learn more.
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Forest Stewardship Certified 
FSC certification ensures that products come from well-managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits. Along the supply chain, FSC certification can provide benefits such as access to new markets. Learn more.
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil
RSPO collaborates with all links in the global palm oil supply chain to transform markets and make sustainable palm oil the norm. The RSPO has developed a set of environmental and social criteria which companies must comply with in order to produce Certified Sustainable Palm Oil (CSPO), which can help to minimize the negative impact of palm oil cultivation on the environment and communities in palm oil-producing regions. Learn more.
Conservation International 
CI empowers societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature, our global biodiversity, for the well-being of humanity, including by supporting protection of biodiversity hotspots around the world. Learn more.
European Business and Biodiversity Platform
The European Business and Biodiversity (B@B) Platform provides an EU level forum for sustained and strategic dialogue about the links between business and biodiversity. B@B works with business to develop tools and approaches that integrate biodiversity considerations into business practice. The Platform also helps to coordinate and to raise awareness of innovative national and international initiatives, and showcase business best practices at EU level. Learn more.
Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef
GRSB is a global, multi-stakeholder initiative to improve sustainability of the global beef value chain through leadership, science and multi-stakeholder engagement and collaboration. The GRSB “envisions a world in which all aspects of the beef value chain are environmentally sound, socially responsible and economically viable.” See GRSB’s membership, comprising producers, commerce and processing, retail, civil society, and roundtables. McDonald’s is a founding member.
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2015 Employee Engagement Nominee: Cookswell Jikos
Cookswell Jikos is exploring the seed-to-ash cycle of sustainable forestry based biomass energy. Their woodfuel security system uses locally sourced, recycled materials, local labor, and provides for a comprehensive closed-loop renewable wood energy system.

2015 Employee Engagement Nominee: Cookswell Jikos

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How These Companies are Showing Leadership for Protecting Life Below the Water #SDG14

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The Global Challenge
Our rainwater, drinking water, weather, climate, coastlines, much of our food, and the oxygen we breathe, are ultimately provided and regulated by the sea. But ocean acidification has risen 26% since the beginning of the industrial revolution, and an average of 13,000 pieces of plastic litter can be found on every square kilometer of ocean. Currently, 30% of the world’s fish stocks are overexploited compromising their ability to produce sustainable yields.
Your Business Opportunity
The oceans are estimated to have financial worth of US$24 trillion, including the jobs they generate in tourism, biotechnology, fishing and shipping. Given the scale of the oceans and ocean-related challenges, collaborative platforms are necessary for each actor to have an impact.
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GSC Expert Webinar Featuring CDP Supply Chains Program
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.
Make a Difference on SDG 14
SDG 14 calls to “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.” Its targets address marine pollution (target 14.1), conserving, restoring marine and coastal ecosystems and building their resilience (14.2 and 14.5), minimizing acidification (14.3), ending overfishing and destructive fishing and restoring fish stocks (14.4 and 14.6), and increasing economic benefits of marine sources for developing countries, including small islands.
  Learn from Leaders Taking Action on SDG 14
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Boots, King of Shaves, Marks and Spencer, Unilever
Target 14.1
By the end of 2016, these four companies will stop producing items that contain plastic microbeads. Marks and Spencer reports that it has reformulated all products six months ahead of that commitment, to ensure nothing is made using microplastics. In addition, L’Oréal, Johnson & Johnson, and Reckitt Benckiser will stop making products with plastic microbeads by 2017. Learn more.
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Saltwater Brewery
Targets 14.1, 14.2
The Saltwater Brewery, a craft microbrewery in in Florida, US, has designed and produced biodegradable, edible, compostable beer six-pack rings, to protect marine life. The rings are made with beer-making byproducts. The Brewery says the rings do not trap marine life such as ducks, turtles and fish, nor cause them to die from ingesting plastic. The NGO PETA – People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals – has awarded the Brewery its Compassionate Business Award in recognition of the invention, and advises beer drinkers to crush used cans flat and cut up plastic six-pack rings. Saltwater says its goal is to “maintain the world’s greatest wonder by giving back to the ocean,” through collaboration with Surfrider, Ocean Foundation, MOTE Marine Laboratory and Aquarium and other NGOs. Learn more.
Jet Blue
Targets 14.2, 14.5
Through a partnership with the Ocean Foundation, Jet Blue is quantifying the economic value of coastal conservation. Jet Blue says that “by attempting to attach actual dollar values to unspoiled shorelines,” it aims to strengthen interest in protecting destinations’ ecosystems and promote the economic importance of shoreline conservation. The project is part of Jet Blue’s commitment with the Clinton Global Initiative.  In another partnership, the airline works with the Surfrider Foundation to protect, preserve and clean the world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Learn more.
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Tiffany & Co.
Target 14.2
The Tiffany & Co. Foundation opposes the removal of coral from the oceans for use in jewelry or home décor, a “simple business decision” to eliminate coral from its products and invest in efforts to protect coral reefs. The Foundation has invested over $10 million since 2000 in Mission Blue, Pew Environment Group and Oceans 5, among other organizations, to support research, preservation and management of coral reefs, and educate consumers, marine tourism providers and others of the importance of corals and marine ecosystems. Learn more.
Google
In collaboration with Global Fishing Watch and Oceana, technology being developed by Google has the potential to stem illegal fishing, by tracking fishing vessels and mapping activity. Learn more.
Amplify your Impact: Collaborate with NGOs
and Other Companies
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Our Oceans Challenge
Our Oceans Challenge (OOC) is a partner network of companies, such as KPMG, committed to generating innovative business models that promote clean and healthy oceans, through financial support as well as sharing expertise and know-how with entrepreneurs and start-ups. Learn more.
Evaluate Certification Options
The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and the Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade issued a report showing that the percentage of seafood certified as sustainable has increased from 0.5% of global production in 2005, to 14% in 2015. The majority of certification schemes, however, do not address protection of worker’s rights, the groups reported.  Learn more.
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As a partner of The World BPO/ITO Forum, GSC community members that qualify” will receive a complimentary pass. Register with code: VIPGSC. 
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How These Companies are Showing Leadership for Climate and Environment #SDG13

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Why Take Action?
The Global Challenge
Greenhouse gas emissions from human activities are driving climate change, which affects every country in the world by threatening global development and undermining the foundation of the global economy. Already, crop yields have declined, the sea level has risen, and people are experiencing more extreme weather events. The poorest and most vulnerable people are affected the most, but “emissions anywhere affect people everywhere.”
Your Business Opportunity
Temperature increase can still be limited to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, but it requires changes in behavior and technological measures to enable “leapfrogging” to cleaner, more resilient economies. Companies can show leadership by setting emission reduction targets, reporting on performance, increasing investment in renewable energy and low-carbon technology, promoting carbon pricing, and supporting political action to address climate change.
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Make a Difference with Action on SDG 13
SDG 13 calls to “Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.” Its targets address:
  • resilience to climate-related hazards and natural disasters
  • making climate change and low-carbon development part of national strategies
  • education and awareness raising, and
  • mobilizing US $100 billion annually by 2020 to address the mitigation needs of developing countries
Identify Climate-related Challenges in your Supply Chain
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American Public Health Association
One of climate change’s most tangible impacts is on public health, through harming the water supply, increasing vector-borne disease, and increasing extreme weather events. Learn more about climate and health.
Align your Company with Best Practices in Climate Policy
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The Guide for Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy has identified several ways to assess responsible engagement of a company on climate change. Based on its rapid diagnostic tool, here are five actions to ensure your company is climate-responsible:
  1. Map how the impacts of climate change—and the policy responses—will transform your markets in the years ahead.
  2. Issue a public statement on climate policy. Ensure it aligns with what the science says.
  3. Ensure your lobbyists—and your trade group’s lobbyists—are advocating for policies that advance your company’s public climate goals.
  4. Find out if any individuals or groups (inside or outside the company) are misrepresenting your company’s policy positions.
  5. Track and disclose (e.g., to CDP) your objectives and influences in climate policy debates.
Learn from Leaders Reducing Carbon Emissions
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Fetzer Vineyards
As part of its shift to carbon-neutral wine-growing practices, Fetzer has implemented a wastewater treatment system that will reduce the power needed to clean wastewater by 85%, saving 1 million kwh/year. The winery has been accredited as a “Certified B Corporation.” It is the largest winery in the world to receive this certification.
The company participated in the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015, highlighting that the wine industry is especially vulnerable to a warming climate, which could affect the grape varieties that can be grown. Concha y Toro, Moet Chandon, Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte, and Chateau Maris also participated in the Paris event. Learn more.
Barclays
Barclays reduced its carbon emissions by 21.7% in 2015, exceeding its target of a 10% reduction. One way that it reduced emissions was by offsetting, through purchasing credits certified to the Voluntary Carbon Standard. VCS affirms that projects help reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and are both auditable and traceable. The credits purchased through offsetting fund projects that improve energy efficiency or generate renewable energy. Learn more.
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Fairview Cheesery
Fairview is the first carbon neutral cheesery in Africa. The Cheesery first assessed its annual carbon footprint, and then created an emissions reduction project, through both emission avoidance (solar panels, energy-efficient light bulbs, steam heat) and emission sequestration (tree planting), with guidance from the carbon management consultancy Earth Patrol. Learn more.
Air Canada
Air Canada has joined Canada’s Biojet Supply Chain Initiative (CBSCI), which aims to improve the operational framework for integrating sustainable aviation biofuel, known as “biojet,” into the airport fuel system. Air Canada said biojet can help achieve the long-term industry goals of carbon neutral growth from 2020 and a 50% reduction in emissions by 2050, relative to 2005 levels. Learn more.
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Sales Force
The IT company Sales Force describes its cloud computing mode as a “sustainable alternative to on-premises systems,” noting that it is 98% more carbon efficient than on-premises software. The company aims to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and measures and analyzes its global environmental performance to inform reduction programs and disclose carbon emissions annually to CDP. Learn more.
Sales Force’s Founder, Chair and CEO Marc Benioff is one of the leaders of the B Team, which stresses that when natural resources disappear, “so do businesses, livelihoods and economies.’ The B Team aims to ensure that member companies “significantly reduce their environmental impacts and invest in new business models that help regenerate the environment.” It urges business leaders to strive towards net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions by 2050, by actions such as reallocating capital within their businesses to drive the required innovation. Learn more.
Partner with the UN to Scale Up Action on Climate
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BNP Paribas-CDM
BNP Paribas is working with the United Nations to create a “green bond” to finance projects certified by the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) said using CDM rules provides assurances on the bond’s “greenness,” and will make the certified projects a “very attractive investment” in terms of emission reductions. Learn more. BNP Paribas is also involved in a campaign to ask Exxon Mobil to assess how it would fare financially under tighter carbon restrictions. Learn more about BNP Paribas’ environmental responsibility practices.
Caring for Climate
Caring for Climate is the UN’s initiative for business leadership on climate change. It was launched by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2007, and is jointly convened by the UN Global Compact, the UNFCCC and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). It aims to mobilize a “critical mass of business leaders” to take climate action through policies and solutions. CEOs who sign on set goals, develop and expand strategies and practices, and publicly disclose emissions. Learn more.
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DHL-OCHA-UNDP
Mail and logistics company Deutsche Post DHL Group has partnered with the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to prepare airports and personnel for disasters. Airports are the main access points for receiving aid when a disaster occurs, and can also become a bottleneck, due to damages and lack of capacity. The Get Airports Ready for Disaster (GARD) partnership works with cargo operators, emergency services, security, customs and management to identify potential obstacles to relief and make recommendations for contingency planning. GARD has been implemented at airports in Armenia, Bangladesh, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Nepal, Panama, Peru, the Philippines, Turkey and Sri Lanka. In 2016 GARD workshops will continue in Honduras, Mauritius and Nepal. GARD is part of DHL’s “Living Responsibly” Corporate Responsibility program. Learn more.
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Science Based Targets Initiative
The Science Based Targets initiative is a partnership between CDP, UN Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and WWF to help companies determine the amount of emissions reductions needed to keep global temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius over pre-industrial levels. The initiative aims to ensure corporations play a major role in closing the emissions gap left by country commitments. Coca Cola Enterprises, Dell, Enel and PostNord are among the companies that have developed science-based targets approved by the Initiative. Learn more.
The Climate Group
The international non-profit works in China, Europe, India and the US to catalyze low-carbon leadership. The Climate Group works with businesses to develop smart climate strategies to “give them the edge in the world’s growing low carbon market.” Partners include Bloomberg, IKEA, and Landsea. Learn more.
Carbon Tracker
Carbon Tracker is an independent think tank focused on financial, energy and legal analysis to enable a “climate secure global energy market.” It analyzes the impact of climate change on capital markets and investment in fossil fuels, and maps the route to a low-carbon future. Learn more.
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Asset Owners Disclosure Project
The Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP), an independent non-profit, aims to protect asset owners from the risks posed by climate change, by working with pension funds, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds, and others to improve disclosure, rebalance investments between high- and low-carbon assets, and realign the investment chain to adopt long-term investment practices. A recent AODP report found that almost half of the world’s top investors are doing “nothing at all” to mitigate climate risk, and thus they are “gambling with the savings and financial security of hundreds of millions of people.” Learn more.
Sustainable Shipping Initiative
With 90% of the world’s international trade traveling by sea, shipping accounts for 3-4% of global CO2 emissions. The Sustainable Shipping Initiative (SSI) is a coalition of shipping leaders seeking to address the sector’s opportunities and challenges, and working for a shipping industry “in which sustainability equals success.” Bunge and Cargill are two of SSI members. Learn more.
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