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29 November 2016

Driving the SDGs – whose hand is on the steering wheel?

By Louise Scott The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are 17 major world issues that 193 countries have come together to tackle. While the UK has committed to the SDGs, it appears Brexit is taking the limelight. It’s hard to see evidence of a robust plan of action to achieve them....

24 November 2016

PwC COP22 briefing: bi-polar COP?

By Jonathan Grant To everyone’s surprise the Paris Agreement entered into force so quickly that COP22 was also the first meeting of Parties to the Agreement (known as the CMA [1]). Countries agreed the ‘what’ in Paris and started developing rules for the ‘how’ in Marrakech. How to measure progress...

18 November 2016

Why new skills and partnerships are needed for implementaton of the New Urban Agenda

By Denise Chan Over 30,000 participants descended upon Quito, Ecuador last month to take part in the Habitat III conference that celebrated the 'New Urban Agenda', the UN’s global manifesto on sustainable urbanisation for the next 20 years. The document, agreed by governments and adopted in Quito, sets out wide-ranging...

15 November 2016

PE and the SDGs: action overtakes expectation

By Malcolm Preston Tarred with the brush of capitalism by many, PE houses are probably the last industry group one would expect to be engaging with the SDGs. But a surprising number in our PE responsible investment survey not only recognise the benefits and are planning to assess their impact,...

Are we nearly there yet? PE's responsible investment journey

By Phil Case Private equity is changing fast. Still only a relatively youthful industry (it’s barely turned 30), it’s reinventing itself from ruthless to responsible, and from opaque to transparent. That’s what I’m seeing from this year’s survey of 111 General Partners from 22 countries around the world (Are we...

31 October 2016

What role for mining and metals in a low-carbon economy?

By Tom Butler, CEO, International Council on Mining and Metals This week, the Paris Agreement, embraced as a game-changer by many stakeholders because of its unprecedented scale of ambition and truly global nature, will enter into force. National governments are now responsible for turning commitment into concrete action. Central to...

High time for green finance in China

By Hannah Routh, Sustainability and Climate Change Consulting Leader, PwC China China came top of the Low Carbon Economy Index for the first time this year with a 6.4% fall in carbon intensity. This is welcome environmental good news for China, but can they sustain this performance in future years?...

28 October 2016

At last... a free online tool that makes the SDGs manageable for business

By Malcolm Preston A year after the launch of the SDGs, I’m seeing companies struggle to align their business activity to them. It’s no wonder, with 17 goals, 169 indicators and 243 targets to consider, defining how a business impacts on each of them is tough. Identifying how business helps...

10 October 2016

In the run up to Habitat III - Is Urban on the Agenda for business?

By Gary Sharkey Gary Sharkey is global sustainability director at PwC and is currently on secondment as the programme director at Global Cities Business Alliance in London. Later this month around 30,000 delegates will descend on the city of Quito for the UN Habitat III conference, an event that takes...

07 October 2016

Ratification of the Paris Agreement – Reaction from PwC’s Sustainability & Climate Change team

By the 5th October enough governments had ratified the Paris Agreement to trigger its entry into force in 30 days time (4th November). Our Sustainability and Climate Change team made the following comments: Celine Herweijer: “The speed of entry into force is faster than even most optimists anticipated. It shows...