Major Businesses Urge PM To Back Sustainable Development Goals

Teresa-May-PMOver 80 major businesses – including, IKEA, HSBC, Coca Cola and Unilever –have united to call on the Government to demonstrate its commitment to delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the UK and overseas.

The open letter to Prime Minister Theresa May says sustainable development is essential for long term prosperity and the wellbeing of future generations.

Ahead of the World Economic Forum annual meeting taking place on 17-20 January, businesses say they are ready to work with the Government to help deliver the SDGs in the UK as well as internationally, but that the Government must create a framework to help businesses play their part.

The letter is published on the day that the Business and Sustainable Development Commission publishes its own flagship report on the business case for achieving sustainable and inclusive growth, and quantifying the value of private sector opportunities aligned with the SDGs.

UKSSD is a network of organisations from across business, civil society, academia and the public sector working to advance sustainable development and help facilitate the delivery of the SDGs in the UK. We’re keen to hear from more organisations from any sector who want to join us or lend their voice to our activities.

The letter reads:

As a group of businesses investing in making our economy t for the future, we support sustainable development in the UK. This is essential for our long-term prosperity and the wellbeing of generations to come.  

The UK Government played a leading role in developing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and adopted them just over a year ago. As businesses, we’re ready to take responsibility and work with the Government to make sure the SDGs are delivered in the UK and around the world.

Sustainable development will create jobs, increase competitiveness and secure the natural resources our economy relies on.  

We support your Government to:

  • Demonstrate to business your commitment to deliver the SDGs in the UK
  • Work with businesses to deliver the SDGs, creating a transparent reporting framework and clear benchmarks
  • Require all departments, not only the Department for International Development, to work with business and other stakeholders to develop an SDG delivery plan

Together we can build a fairer, sustainable and more prosperous Britain.

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