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07 February 2018

Align17 launches in Davos

Davos holds a special place in our hearts at Align17. It was there that the idea of Align17 was first introduced to the world in UBS’s 2017 white paper, Mobilising Private Wealth for Public Good, having been conceived by members of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders community. So...

06 February 2018

Our Implementation Agenda: New skills and technology for implementing the New Urban Agenda

As we approach the start of the 9th World Urban Forum later this week, attention turns to implementation of the New Urban Agenda. After the frenzy of Habitat 3, we highlighted that implementing the commitments made in Quito will require new skills and partnerships than the ones that created it....

29 January 2018

The UK’s new world-leading AI Centre needs to work for people and the planet

by Benjamin Combes, Assistant Director, Innovation and Sustainability The latest World Economic Forum annual meeting saw UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, put down a marker by announcing to the global business and political leaders in Davos that she wants the UK to lead the world in developing safe, ethical, and...

22 January 2018

SDG prioritisation - is business on the right track?

By Louise Scott How can companies’ best direct their considerable resources to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals and be part of what one report estimates will be an annual US$12 trillion in business savings and revenue? Predictably, most companies are choosing to focus on the SDGs they feel are...

09 January 2018

The ‘latte levy’ and the value of a collapsible coffee cup

by Henry le Fleming, a specialist in PwC's circular economy team The Environmental Audit Committee has proposed a “Latte Levy” of £0.25 per disposable coffee cup. This is alongside some good advice that reusable cups should be used wherever possible, and an insight into the problems of recycling composite materials...

22 November 2017

PwC COP23 report - a missed opportunity?

by Jonathan Grant, director in the Sustainability and Climate Change Perhaps my expectations were too high. It was always billed as a humdrum, technical COP, and governments did make reasonable technical progress. But surely a more ambitious outcome was possible given all the factors in play. Delegates in Bonn discussed...

16 November 2017

Taking the SDGs to the next level for business

By Linda Midgley Having just spent 10 months digging deeply into the various targets and disclosures that sit behind the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), I can safely say that achieving the SDGs is going to take significant engagement and action from business. Unlike governments, who will need to report...

11 November 2017

Nurturing the payment plan for forest carbon

Roberta Iley, climate-smart agriculture and deforestation specialist, PwC The natural disasters of 2017 have been sobering. Hurricanes Irma and Maria left a path of destruction across the Caribbean and Florida; floods left a third of Bangladesh under water; and a severe drought in Somalia left 2.9 million people in need...

10 November 2017

What does a green economy transition mean for public finance and what can fiscal policy do about it?

During our time in Bonn, Germany at the COP23, thousands of officials from government, non-government organisations, business and civil society are convening in sessions to discuss and agree a clear plan for finalising the Paris Agreement 'rulebook'. Alongside the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, we’re putting our case forward...

08 November 2017

Green economy transition - examining the role of public finance and fiscal policy

Discussions about the global green economy transition, the kind of which will take place at COP 23 this month, usually focus on its environmental or developmental impacts. But the global transition to a greener economy will also transform the public finances of many countries, particularly those dependent on natural resources....