UN partners up to assess green targets

The UN’s climate branch has forged a sustainable partnership with a standards and certification body. The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Gold Standard will work together to assist organisations, including businesses and cities, in setting green targets, assessing the environmental impacts of their actions and fighting climate change. James Grabert, Director of the UNFCCC, said: “Governments […]

Green experts see little progress on UN’s goals

There is little progress being made towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). That’s according to a new survey of around 500 sustainability experts from more than 74 different countries, conducted by GlobeScan and SustainAbility. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and social entrepreneurs are seen by experts as doing the most to advance the goals, with their […]

UN labour and climate departments team up

Two UN organisations have teamed up to promote a fair and sustainable transition of the workforce towards low carbon economies, especially in developing nations. The International Labour Association (ILO) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will conduct studies on global and national levels to measure the impact of climate change and the […]

Theresa May: UK will be at forefront of delivering UN sustainable goals

The Prime Minister has responded to calls for the UK to commit to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Theresa May has written to the 84 leading companies which penned the letter, including HSBC, IKEA and Unilever. The Prime Minister agreed businesses, the civil sector and the public all have an important role to play in working towards […]

Major firms urge government to focus on environment

More than 50 businesses have called on the government to focus policy decisions around the environment. Firms including Skanska, Heathrow, Thames Water and Carillion attended a meeting set up by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Natural Capital Coalition and the WWF. The companies discussed the implications and opportunities presented by the government’s expected […]

Sustainable food and farming ‘can unlock £2.3tn a year’

The food and agricultural industry could see opportunities worth $2.3 trillion (£1.88tn) each year by 2030 if they become more sustainable. Businesses would need to annually invest around $320 billion (£261bn) aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to see a seven-fold return, according to a new report from the Business and Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC). The UN’s SDGs are […]