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SDG 17

Partner for Success with #SDG17 – [GSC 17/17, Week 17]

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The Global Challenge
The SDGs are estimated to cost US$3 trillion per year to achieve, and much of this will need to come from private resources. Long-term investments are needed in sustainable energy, infrastructure, transport, and information and communications technologies, among other sectors.
Your Business Opportunity
For businesses to succeed, they require access to energy, good governance and sustainable economic development, to name a few fundamentals. Companies can do much to build this foundation and create long-term value. UBS has said the SDGs create opportunities for “financially attractive investments.”
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently echoed this idea, pointing to the need for infrastructure investments and calling the SDGs, along with the Paris Agreement on climate change, an “unprecedented opportunity” for the private. Speaking at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit on 22 June, Ban added, “we are at a decisive moment in the shift to sustainable and inclusive markets.”
What’s next for GSC on the Global Goals?
GSC advocates for profit with purpose through sustainable supply chains. In 2015, GSC aligned its mission with the SDGs and the 2030 Agenda.
In the coming weeks, stay connected with GSC for news on: 

Half Billion Challenge

  • In the spirit of partnership to achieve the SDGs, GSC is launching a challenge to the global sourcing community to allocate US$500,000,000 to turn their supply chains into socially and environmentally responsible supply chains.
  • Target Date: September 25, 2017, the second anniversary of the 2030 Agenda’s signing
  • The funds are to be used  by pledging entities to build capacity in supply chains in the form of outreach, training, administrative support, organization support, to reach out to new suppliers and support existing suppliers aligned with SDGs and to report on the progress with transparency and accountability.
  • Why Partiicpate? Challenge participants will gain global visibility and recognition, provide inspiration to supply chain managers, and showcase their leadership in aligning their companies with the SDGs.
  • Contact Angeline Judex, GSC Executive Director to learn more

How Business are Demystifying the SDGs for Success

  • This forthcoming publication compiles tools, resources, case studies, and examples of business leadership on each of the 17 SDGs. It will serve as a roadmap for companies and investors wondering how their work is aligned with the SDGs, how they can contribute in a meaningful way, and how to measure their impacts. 
  • Contact: Lou Coppola at 646.430.8230 ext 14 OR louis.coppola@gscouncil.org

Call for Nominations for 3S Awards 2016

  • Participate in the 2016 3S (Sustainable and Socially Responsible Sourcing) Awards and Gala taking place in New York in November.
  • Contact Angeline Judex, GSC Executive Director to learn more.
Make a Difference with Action on Goal 17
SDG 17 calls to “Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.” Its targets address five areas: Finance; Technology; Capacity-building; Trade; and Systemic issues, such as Policy and institutional coherence, and Data, monitoring and accountability.
Find a Partner

The UN Global Compact Business Partnership Hub is an interactive online “matchmaking” platform that connects businesses with potential partners and projects. Search for partnerships within each SDG. See UN-Business Action Hub
Resources on Investment Policies

The 2015 Investment Policy Framework for Sustainable Development, from the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), consists of an overarching set of Core Principles for Investment Policymaking that serve as design criteria for three sets of operational guidelines or action menus:

 

  • Guidelines for national investment policies,
  • Guidance for the design and use of international investment agreements (IIAs),
  • An action menu for the promotion of investment in sectors related to the sustainable development goals.
Learn from Leaders Taking Action on SDG 17

NASDAQ
Adena Friedman, president and COO of stock exchange operator NASDAQ, said capital markets can act as a “source and force” for sustainable growth, including through sustainability-related indexes, exchange-traded-funds (ETFs), green bonds and other financial instruments. In 2015 NASDAQ led an effort within the World Federation of Exchanges to agree on a set of environmental, social and governance metrics that companies should report to help investors gauge their long-term financial health. Learn more.

 

Calvert, TIAA-CREF, Pax World Management
Calvert and other Fund managers are lowering management fees on actively-managed ESG funds, in response to competition in the mutual fund industry. Bloomberg reports that more investors are seeking investments that align with their values, and increasing their scrutiny of fees on ESG funds, which can drag on performance. TIAA-CREF Social Choice Equity Fund has a particularly low expense ratio, and Pax World Management made recent announcements about dropping and lowering fees. ESG funds direct financial resources towards companies that are well managed, forward looking, and meet high standards of corporate responsibility, among other criteria. Learn more.
UBS
UBS’ chair Axel Weber said this week that the financial products are “becoming ready to make it happen.” UBS plans to launch a new index and a set of related products based on the Global Compact 100, a stock index representing the 13,000 members of the UN’s voluntary corporate sustainability initiative.
Saturna Capital
Saturna Sdn is a unit of the company that runs the biggest Shariah-compliant share fund in the U.S. The unit is looking into a green investment vehicle in Malaysia. Bloomberg reports that Malaysia introduced guidelines to promote environmentally and socially responsible investing in late 2014, and the country has a supportive environment for sustainable investments. Saturna’s announcement indicates that Islamic asset managers are beginning to tap demand for more environmentally conscious investing, says Bloomberg. Learn more.
MSCI
MSCI, whose ESG Research division is the world’s largest provider of ESG ratings, research and data for investment decision making, announced that it will measure the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) characteristics of portfolio holdings and rank or screen funds based on a diverse set of factors including sustainable impact, values alignment and ESG risks, including carbon footprint. MSCI has categorized the SDGs into five sections, as part of its new initiative to rate mutual funds for ESG. Means of Implementation and Global Partnership (Goal 17) is listed in a section on Governance. Learn more.
Amplify your Impact: Collaborate with NGOs and Other Companies

Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI)
The Principles for Responsible Investment is a global coalition of investors who believe that environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors affect the long-term performance of investment portfolios. The investor group, led by F&C Asset Management and Hermes Equity Ownership Services, collectively manages more than $1.7 trillion in assets. Learn more.

Sustainable Stock Exchanges
The Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative is a peer-to-peer learning platform for exploring how exchanges, in collaboration with investors, regulators, and companies, can enhance corporate transparency – and ultimately performance – on ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) issues and encourage sustainable investment. The SSE is organized by UNCTAD, the UN Global Compact, the UN Environment Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), and the PRI. NASDAQ is among the partner exchanges. Learn more.

GeSI
The Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) has made the SDGs its “central framework for action” and defined an implementation roadmap to support member organizations in meeting the Goals. Microsoft and Deutsche Telekom AG expressed their support for GeSI in order to apply digital technology to solving challenges including in education, healthcare, environmental sustainability, and urban planning. In collaboration with other companies, like Ericsson, GeSI provides information, resources and best practices for achieving integrated social and environmental sustainability through ICT. Learn more.
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.
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How These Companies are Showing Leadership for Protecting Life Below the Water #SDG14

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GSC SDG 14

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.
CDP

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.
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 Goal 14:
Apply Today for 2016 3S Awards
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3S Awards 2016
Are you a supplier supporting marine conservation in your supply chain? Do you know of others working to address ocean and coastal challenges?
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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Attend an Upcoming Event on Sustainable Business and SDGs
GSCS 2016

The Global Sourcing & Cloud Summit presented by The World BPO/ITO Forum
June 13 – June 14
This exclusive executive summit is tailored for C-suite and senior decision-makers from mid to large-cap U.S. enterprise companies, currently using sourcing and cloud services or are interested in evaluating these opportunities.
As a partner of The World BPO/ITO Forum, GSC community members that qualify” will receive a complimentary pass. Register with code: VIPGSC. 
*To qualify for this VIP invitation, you must be a senior-level executive from an enterprise company that is not a BPO/ITO service/solution provider or consultant/advisory firm.
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More of the Latest News on SDG 14

Corporate Action That’s Making a Difference on SDG 6-Water and Sanitation

17 Weeks for 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
Share Your Success Story to Drive Action for the SDGs.
Contact us to showcase your sustainable practices
transforming business and the world!

Why Take Action on Goal 6?
The Global Challenge
While there is sufficient fresh water on the planet for everyone, millions of people per year die from diseases associated with inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene. About 2.4 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services (toilets), and 1.8 billion people worldwide drink from a fecally contaminated water source. Declining water quality is an acute problem around the world due to agricultural runoff, industrial wastewater, and improper disposal of human waste.
Your Business Opportunity
Water scarcity and pollution create business risk through scarcity and flooding, water quality affected by pollution, reputational risk, and regulatory risk. Current estimates predict a 40% global shortfall in water supply by 2030, and businesses are recognizing that continuing to manage water the same way will place $63 trillion worth of business at risk – or 1.5 times today’s global economy.
Water stewardship helps companies identify and manage water-related business risks and enable more sustainable management of shared freshwater resources. Protecting water resources and ensuring sanitation for all also reduces operational costs, protects the company from water stress; and improves the company’s image in the eyes of consumers, investors, and nearby communities.
Register for GSC’s Upcoming Webinars
Sustainable Supply Chains: Through the Lens of the 17 SDGs (Greyston Bakery)
Wednesday, April 13th, 10:00 am ET

Join GSC and the UN Global Compact to learn how sustainable supply chains contribute to the SDGs. This webinar will feature Greyston, America’s oldest leading social enterprise. Best known for Greyston Bakery, which produces brownies for Ben & Jerry’s and Whole Foods, Greyston provides employment opportunities to individuals regardless of background or work history. Register Here.

GSC 17 Weeks / 17 SDGs 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.
Take Action on Goal 6 and Make a Difference
Identify Water and Sanitation Challenges in your Supply Chain
GSC SDG 6 image World Health Organization – global data on water, sanitation and hygene (WASH)
View the proportion of the population using improved sanitation facilities, for each country in your supply chain, and other indicators available from the Global Health Observatory.
UN World Water Development – data and indicators
Do you have suppliers in Asian cities? Check their reliance on groundwater, and other data and indicators on water around the world, via this yearly report.
CDP water report image CDP Global Water Report
Get an interactive view of water-related impacts on operations in South Africa, China, Brazil and elsewhere. Such impacts include supply chain disruption, higher operating costs, and production disruption.
CDP also provides sector profiles (consumer staples, energy, health care, industrials, information technology, materials and utilities) of water use and stewardship.
Learn from Leaders Taking Action on SDG 6
Levi Made of Progress video Levi Strauss

In Levi Strauss’ experience, every step of the process to create a garment requires water, from the cotton fields to manufacturing facilities. In light of water’s increasing scarcity, the company has taken steps to “decouple the growth of our business and our water needs,” in order to continue leading into the future.” It has launched the Water<Less process that has reduced water usage, saving over 1 billion liters since 2011. Cotton cultivation is particularly water-intensive, so the company is helping to train farmers to grow cotton using less water, through its global suppliers. Learn more.

Newmont
The mining company’s global water strategy helps manage and mitigate water risks by: fully understanding the watersheds where we operate; participating in addressing watershed challenges for communities, other water users and the operation during all stages of the mine lifecycle; and transparently reporting on our performance. Each Newmont operating site uses the Water Accounting Framework to define, measure and report water use. They use saline or non-potable water, and reduce freshwater consumption by recycling and reusing water in ore processing. Many of the sites are “zero process discharge facilities.” Learn more.
GM Arlington General Motors
To create ultrapure water for vehicle paint processes, General Motors filters water to remove calcium, iron and magnesium, which used to be discharged into the city sewer. But by working with its suppliers, GM developed a collection system to capture, contain, and pump the discharged water into cooling towers, used for air conditioning and other processes. GM says the initial investment will pay for itself in less than a year and a half, with continued savings of $38,000 per year, in addition to the environmental benefits. Learn more about GM’s global water conservation efforts.
Amplify your Impact: Collaborate with NGOs
and Other Companies
Partnering with NGOs focusing on water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) can help leverage the experiences, knowledge, best practices and network of these global organizations to amplify your efforts.
Connect the drops image Connect the Drops Campaign
Coordinated by Ceres, the Connect the Drops Campaign brings together companies such as Anheuser-Busch InBev, Annie’s, EILEEN FISHER, Genentech, General Mills, Kellogg Company, Levi Strauss, and Xylem in a collective commitment to saving nearly one billion gallons of water through 2020, to elevate the voice of California businesses in favor of conservation, reuse and integrated management of the state’s precious surface and groundwater supplies. Any company with a water footprint in California and more than $100 million in annual revenues is eligible to participate in the campaign, which has been recognized by the White House.
Ceres highlights benefits to companies such as: heightened visibility for water leadership and public recognition for water stewardship efforts, collaboration with other companies, and access to best practices in corporate water stewardship.
CDP water image CDP’s Water Program
This program enables companies to disclose and reduce their environmental impacts, ultimately mitigating risk. CDP provides the only global platform for corporate water disclosure and action to address the global water crisis. Learn more.
Wash4work infographic WASH4Work
WASH4Work is an initiative by 11 organizations to address WASH challenges in the workplace, workers’ communities, and across supply chains. Stakeholders are supporting businesses to take action for safe access to WASH. Current partners include: Global Poverty Project, International Labor Organization, UN Foundation, UN Global Compact CEO Water Mandate, UNICEF, Unilever, USAID, Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor, Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council, WaterAid, and World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Learn more.
The ‘WASH in the Workplace’ Pledge outlines commitments to: monitor water use and invest in water saving and recycling/reuse measures; manage chemical inputs and treat/reuse wastewater to protect communities’ water supply; participating in community water safety planning; and supporting local and national government actions to address WASH challenges in the community.
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 Water and Sanitation in Sourcing:
Apply Today for 2016 3S Awards
3S Contact Form 3S Awards 2016
Are you a supplier addressing WASH challenges in your community? Do you know of others working to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation 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.
Banza video 3S 2015 Nominee for Communicty Engagement Award: Banza Sanitation
Banza Ltd. Is a social enterprise venture addressing sanitation and health concerns in East Africa. It aims to address the full spectrum of human waste management and the health and environmental problems that result from poor sanitation conditions in informal living settlements in urban environments.
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Attend an Upcoming Event on Sustainable Business and SDGs
Join GSC Experts
  • UN Global Compact webinar with GSC: Sustainable Supply Chains: Through the Lens of the 17 SDGs (April 13, virtual)
  • United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) event: Why are the SDGs Relevant for the Private Sector? (April 22, Geneva)
  • CSR Certificate Program (Rutgers Business School’s Institute for Ethical Leadership and Governance & Accountability Institute (April 27-28, Newark, NJ)
  • CDP-GSC Webinar (June 8, virtual)
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Latest News on SDG 6
Report by Sustainable Brands highlights WaterAid as an NGO leading the way on SDG Goal6 – tackling clean water and…https://lnkd.in/eW-vC4b
As a zero discharge facility, the Vadinar refinery is conserving water & making every drop count. Goal6 SDG
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