Sustain monthly news - January 2019

The cross value chain Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW), currently made up of nearly thirty member companies (16 of whom are WBCSD members), has committed over USD $1.0 billion with the goal of investing USD $1.5 billion over the next five years to help end plastic waste in the environment. The Alliance will develop and bring to scale solutions that will minimize and manage plastic waste and promote solutions for used plastics by helping to enable a circular economy. Read Peter Bakker’s take on the launch alongside our call for more companies and partners to join the Alliance.


Accelerating action toward food system transformation


Earlier this month, the EAT-Lancet Commission published its landmark report, ‘Our Food in the Anthropocene: Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems’. The report is the first to outline scientific targets to establish boundaries for food production to help achieve healthy diets from sustainable food systems. In the run up to the EAT-Lancet publication, WBCSD worked with over 80 companies to develop a vision for the food and land-use system towards Healthy People and a Healthy Planet.


New WBCSD project accelerates the transition to clean and efficient urban mobility


Our Transforming Urban Mobility project was launched last week in Davos at the World Economic Forum. The project aims to make urban mobility cleaner, safer, more accessible and more efficient, and there are more than 20 global companies on board already. They’ve come together to address key issues that affect cities around the world in terms of their mobility systems, using cutting-edge technology and models of collaboration. Improving urban mobility is an urgent issue for cities across the globe and your company can be part of the solution.


Why should business still care about the SDGs in 2019?


2019 will mark four years since the inception of the SDGs as a blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and planet by 2030 – a deadline which is starting to loom ever-larger on the horizon. 2019 also promises to be something of a pivotal year underpinned by a series of key developments which will have important implications for business over the next twelve months. As we continue efforts to translate the transformative ambitions of the SDG agenda into action, James Gomme, Director of SDGs at WBCSD, walks us through some of the key SDG developments to help you determine focus and actions, built around six themes.


We Value Nature! Join us if you do too


The European Commission has provided over EUR 2 million over three years to help engage, learn from and strengthen the natural capital community. WBCSD’s primary role is to provide business training on assessments, nature-based solutions, green infrastructure and more. Get in touch to help shape this training, share your efforts, or register your interest in receiving the training (starting in Q4 2019). An initial survey will help shape the direction of We Value Nature by mapping existing stakeholders and activities.

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