United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Major Group: Business & Industry

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Industry 8 January 2014
UN Open-Ended Working Group on SDG Goals
Thank You Chair. Business & Industry appreciates this opportunity.
SCP in Global Transition
* There is a global transition underway toward societies that are more resilient
economically, and at the same time more environmentally sensitive and socially
equitable.
• SCP is a major nexus of that change, but there is no “one size fits all” approach
• The SDGs should stimulate diverse approaches that make sense for different
countries and sectors.
Industry’s Role
* Business & Industry is enabling economic wellbeing on a broad scale, globally.
• But new expectations of responsible corporate citizenship are emerging
• A new paradigm of the corporation as enabler of sustainability more
broadly - still driven economically, but guided by environmental and social
responsibility
The Opportunity of SCP
* We see opportunity to accelerate progress on this front, in the SCP Program’s 10
YFP, as approved in Rio
• Many industries are already well along in promoting more sustainable production,
including energy efficiency and recycling
• Industry programs innovating more sustainable products, and enhancing
information sharing and product stewardship, are becoming more widespread
* The social dimension is getting more systemic attention
* We see:
* Corporate environmental reports, now shifting to broader Sustainability
reports;
* Corporate supply chain standards;
* Sector- and industry-wide ISO standards in environment and social
arenas;
* Sector-specific programs aimed at raising performance by all members;
and
* Collaborative initiatives linking industries, governments and other
stakeholders
Capitalizing
on
Industry
Initiatives
• But collaboration and education are key to capitalizing on these initiatives
• Importantly, though, trying to dictate programs and limit choices from outside of
the sectors and markets, risks inhibiting innovation and progress
• We urge governments to reinforce positive initiatives from industry, and thus
encourage and leverage that emerging leadership
Thank
you
Chair