Take Steps to Advance Sustainability in the Transportation Sector

Transportation is an engine for economic growth and defines contemporary life styles, directly employing millions of people and accounting for a substantial percentage of the gross domestic product in many parts of the world. The essential role of transport in driving economic growth is, however, undermined by the sector’s negative footprint on environmental, social and governance issues throughout the global supply chain.

Recognizing this, the UN Global Compact has stepped up its efforts to focus on the benefits and opportunities of integrating sustainability into the strategies and operations of companies in the transportation sector. Following are some actions that transportation companies can take to engage with the UN Global Compact.

SDG Industry Matrix

Showcases industry-specific examples and ideas for corporate action related to the SDGs. Presented in a series of publications, developed by the UN Global Compact and KPMG, each matrix will highlight bold pursuits and decisions made by diverse companies for each SDG. This publication aims to inspire companies with examples of what actions peers are already taking. You are invited to provide your feedback on the consultation draft of the transportation industry matrix. Click here for more information on the SDG Industry Matrix.

Business and Industry Contributions to Sustainable Transport and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Companies and industry associations in the transport sector are invited to provide input to the discussion draft of Business and Industry Contributions to Sustainable Transport and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This resource aims to highlight the contribution of business industry associations to policy makers and other stakeholders. Access discussion draft.

This resource was developed through a partnership between the UN Global Compact and the International Road Transport Union (IRU) titled “Global Partnerships on Sustainable Transport.” This partnership brings together companies and industry groups representing transportation and related infrastructure sectors to advance the sustainable transport agenda.

Share your feedback

If your company/industry association would like to add your example to these resources, please send to Alexandra Radulescu (radulescu@un.org) by 5 November 2015. The examples submitted should highlight how a principled business approach to sustainable development contributes to the sustainable transport agenda. We welcome the examples from all modes of transportation. The written example should not exceed 300 words.

The UN Global Compact has joined forces with many industry associations to advocate the business case for key corporate sustainability issues to policymakers and the public. Together with industry associations we organize learning and dialogue events, workshops and training for your members as well as develop sector-specific tools and resources on corporate sustainability issues. More information on this work can be found here.

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