We are at a critical juncture. Climate change is moving faster than we are and every half degree makes a world of difference. The private sector has a key role to play in sending strong market signals and scaling innovative solutions to present concrete, realistic plans towards a zero-carbon economy. With COP26 planned to take place this year, leaders are urging companies to set ambitious science-based targets, accelerate climate action, and invest in the transition to a net zero future. There is much to be done.
Yet climate action is just one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that the UN has called on business to help deliver. The 2030 Agenda is built on a presumption that tackling climate change and preserving our planet are inseparable from ending poverty, improving health and education, reducing inequalities, and encouraging economic growth.
If business prioritises climate action above all other SDGs, are we at risk of reversing years of development progress, driving millions more people into extreme poverty, and leaving many behind? If business doesn’t prioritise climate action, will out of control climate change bring about the same outcome only irreversibly? This formal debate will convene two teams of leading sustainability experts to explore these questions.
- Paul Simpson, CEO, CDP
- Marcelo Behar, Vice President Sustainability & Group Affairs, Natura & Co
- Dr Emma Keller, Head of Sustainability, Nestle UK & I
This event is part of our two-day Responsible Business and SDGs Summit. To see the full programme please visit this page: https://www.unglobalcompact.org.uk/responsible-business-and-sdgs-summit/