As world leaders are scheduled to meet virtually for the UN General Assembly in a week’s time, Pact and the University of Delaware are publishing Mapping Artisanal and Small-scale Mining to the Sustainable Development Goals (in short: ASM-SDG Policy Assessment) today. This is a first-of-its-kind report assessing all positive and negative interlinkages between artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) and each of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their respective targets.
The EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) that subsidizes European farmers is notable because of the harm it causes to producers in the developing world. Now, Eastern European farmers, who do not receive high subsidies as their Western European counterparts, are lobbying for reform to make arrangements “more equitable”. This article highlights the many failings of the CAP, and advocates for changing the system. However, this seems improbable at the present.
SAP and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation have collaborated with London Design Festival to give unique insights into the global circular economy. Industry leaders from some of the world’s largest brands will join with independent designers, experts and activists who have made the Circular Economy central to their work. This session will focus on introducing the Circular Economy and the critical role of design in shaping a circular future. Tickets are free, however please register here to secure your space. Moderator: Greg Williams, Editor, WIRED Andrew Morlet, CEO, Ellen MacArthur Foundation Daniel Schmid, Chief Sustainability Officer, SAP Lena Pripp Kovak, Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA Tim Brown, Executive Chairman, IDEO Supported by SAP
How to unlock the billions in this new investment stream for the bioeconomy projects you care about was the name of the game on DigestConnect this past Thursday. Cindy Thyfault, CEO of Global Biofuture Solutions and Gerard Ostheimer, Senior Advisor at Below50, shared this illuminating presentation what can be done about the least tapped into type of financing, ESG sustainable finance, and how you can benefit whether your organization needs project finance, early-stage investment, or is dependent on partners and customers who will need those.
Three letters with (what seems like) a million meanings. ESG is an acronym for Environment, Social, and Governance, – These three categories are commonly looked upon to indicate a company’s sustainability. Now, let us *stop here* for a moment, and define ‘sustainability’ – We have a tendency to correlate the word ‘sustainable’ with all things green, but when we talk about the sustainability of a company, we are referring to much more than that. In order for a company to sustain in competitive markets, it must be managed responsibility, it must be able to withstand volatile times, and it must be able to retain its employees. Sustainability goes hand in hand with longevity, trust, and reliability.
Podcast copyright: Singapore Management University. Assistant Professor of Humanities Aidan Wong from SMU’s School of Social Sciences has researched on the areas of development and sustainability, in particular on electronic waste, informal labour and economic development. In recent years, he has published a paper on ‘Waste’, Value and Informal Labour: The Regional E-Waste Recycling Production Network in Malaysia and Singapore” and is seeking to update it. In this podcast, Assistant Professor Wong discusses the value of electronic waste recycling and sustainability in Singapore.
This June a statue that had stood in Bristol, U.K., for 125 years was thrown into Bristol Harbour because the philanthropist it depicted had made his fortune by trading slaves. Among the many debates raised by this is one with relevance for conservation: What’s more important, what you do with money, or where it comes from?
When we examine the UN sustainable development goals there are multiple interconnected goals that address global challenges relating to poverty, inequality, climate change, peace and justice as well as the one we immediately think of – environmental degradation. Recently my colleague José Esteban Lauzan blogged about the economic concept of externalities.