On 27 June 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal, the United Nations Global Compact, the High-Level Climate Champions, the Ocean and Climate Platform, UNFCCC and the Governments of Portugal, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom, convened chief executives from businesses, financial institutions, NGOs, UN organizations and government representatives for a high-level meeting on the ocean and climate. This meeting focused on the implementation of solutions at the ocean-climate nexus. The following document provides background on the ocean-climate nexus, highlights recent developments in ocean-based climate action and outlines the main takeaways from the meeting. This document also lays the foundation for a set of short and mid-term targets, referred to here as Blue Breakthroughs, being developed with the ambition to be presented at COP 27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
Defines a vision for the seaweed industry: an upscaled, responsible and restorative seaweed industry, playing a globally significant role in food security, climate change mitigation, and support to the marine ecosystem, as well as contributing to job-creation and poverty alleviation. Explores the challenges and barriers for responsible development of the industry.
This brochure outlines the 5 Tipping Points for a Healthy and Productive Ocean identified in the report Global Goals, Ocean Opportunities. The tipping points cover the areas of sustainable seafood, zero-carbon shipping, offshore renewable energy, data collection, and ending pollution entering the ocean. Each of these tipping points represents a valuable contribution to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Elaborates the role of business in securing a healthy, productive and well-governed ocean. Private sector innovation and investment, together with strong public and private governance frameworks, could exponentially increase the amount of sustainable resources delivered from the ocean, including healthy food, secure and affordable clean energy, and more efficient and lower-carbon transport.
Investigates six sectors and analyzes how selected companies have turned climate risks into climate opportunities. Considered one of the most urgent risks, climate change is already determining how markets are evolving. Factors like new consumer preferences, new regulations, changing investor focus and market prices will increasingly favour the climate, and create a new kind of pressure on companies.
This guide aims to help companies set effective site water targets that are informed by catchment context, which can create value and lessen risks for the company and support collective action. This guide is intended for site staff or technical water specialists responsible for water management, and relevant corporate staff. This guide lays out three key elements for setting effective site water targets: Water targets should respond to priority water challenges within the catchment; The ambition of water targets should be informed by the site’s contribution to water challenges and desired conditions; and Water targets should reduce water risk, capitalize on opportunities, and contribute to public sector priorities.
Introduces a mapping exercise that demonstrates how uneven the governance landscape is across the industries that populate this frontier. Six industries are considered: international shipping, offshore oil and gas, offshore renewable energy, marine aquaculture, marine fisheries and seabed mining. While some, such as maritime shipping, have well-established and extensive governance structures encompassing a wide breadth of public and private sector actors, others like the seabed mining industry are still in a state of emergence.
Takes stock of the contribution of UN Global Compact business participants towards sustainable development. The report assesses progress in terms of how companies are taking action on the Ten Principles and the Sustainable Development Goals, and features ten interviews with disruptive business leaders. It also highlights ten focus areas for the future where further business engagement is needed.
Highlights the risks associated with unsustainable fishing practices and the degradation of the marine ecosystem. It addresses the elements of a responsible fisheries policy, for both wild and farmed fish, and includes a series of questions that investors can ask seafood companies in encouraging the adoption of more sustainable practices.
This summary table highlights the human rights dimension of each Sustainable Development Goal, by indicating the relevant international human rights instrument that applies.
Presents examples of how business associations can and are contributing to sustainable development. This collection of case examples demonstrates how business associations can help their members advance sustainable development through information and knowledge diffusion; capacity building and education; technical standards and specifications; policy advocacy and public affairs; and fostering and brokering partnerships.
Provides guidance on how businesses and business schools can collaborate to co-create solutions for sustainability challenges. The toolkit and brochure feature inspiring examples of partnerships, categorized under five themes: influencing, training, collaborating, researching and consulting.