UK: 80 companies join NGO in calling on govt. to implement UN Sustainable Development Goals

Author: Ian Johnston, Independent (UK), Published on: 16 January 2017

"World could enjoy utopian future with sustainable development, year-long study finds", 16 Jan 2017

...[A] a major new report by the Business & Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC)...spells out how to create...a world that is wealthier, more peaceful and fair for all.  And their call for the world to start living up to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals was backed by more than 80 major companies in a joint letter...which urged the UK Government to take this “essential” step to secure “our long-term prosperity and the well-being of generations to come”...They then estimated the total economic prize would be two to three times higher...[A]chieving gender equality alone could add at least $12,000bn to the world’s total GDP by 2025...The report warned...“...the costs and uncertainty of unsustainable development could swell until there is no viable world in which to do business,”...The signatories included supermarkets such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s and the Co-op, financial firms like PWC, KPMG and HSBC, and various other corporate giants from BT to Coca-Cola and Mars...They asked Ms May to “demonstrate to business your commitment to deliver” the Global Goals “in the UK” and get the Government to work with the private sector on the issue...

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Related companies: BT Co-operative Group Coca-Cola HSBC KPMG Mars PricewaterhouseCoopers Sainsbury's Tesco