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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.
Your Business Opportunity
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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