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New Benchmark Will Rank Companies On Their SDG Success

Recently announced at the United Nations General Assembly, The World Benchmarking Alliance will develop free, publicly available benchmarks which will rank companies on their contributions to achieving the SDGs. With that in hand, everyone from consumers and investors to governments  will have a comprehensive tool for deciding where to spend their money, allocate their investments or direct their policy and advocacy efforts.

Source: New Benchmark Will Rank Companies On Their SDG Success | Forbes

Pacific Coast Collaborative Launches Climate Resilience Effort

Pacific Coast Collaborative members will identify successful programmes and approaches to enhance resilience outcomes and opportunities for regional collaboration on a range of issues. The Pacific Coast Collaborative recognizes that updating, improving and climate-proofing the Pacific Coast’s infrastructure offers significant opportunities for investment and innovative partnerships. Washington Governor Inslee said the region is creating a blueprint for other regions by building an innovative economy that combats climate change, embraces a zero-emission future and creates great places to live.

Source: Pacific Coast Collaborative Launches Climate Resilience Effort | News | SDG Knowledge Hub | IISD

Global Competition Highlights New Era of Private Sector Sustainability Leadership

The SDGs are becoming a common language for describing new sustainable market opportunities and corporate responsibility efforts. The Global SDG Awards was recently launched to support this new era of leadership in sustainability and corporate responsibility. By driving private sector SDG engagement through competition, the organization hopes to create a race to the top and to inspire others with examples of sustainability leadership.

Source: Global Competition Highlights New Era of Private Sector Sustainability Leadership | Sustainable Brands

KPMG, Textile Exchange Develop SDG Roadmap for the Apparel, Retail and Textile Sector

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) offer many business opportunities for companies while addressing critical operational risks, according to a new report produced by audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP; in partnership with the non-profit organization, Textile Exchange: Threading the Needle: Weaving the Sustainable Development Goals into the Textile, Retail and Apparel Industry. The report offers SDG guidance to apparel, retail and textile suppliers, brands and retailers on business considerations and opportunities for shared value, an SDG engagement model, best practices and multi-stakeholder initiatives, and considerations for top sourcing countries.

Source: KPMG, Textile Exchange Develop SDG Roadmap for the Apparel, Retail and Textile Sector | Sustainable Brands

Bold climate action could deliver US$26T by 2030, but only if we hurry

A major report released by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate finds that we are significantly underestimating the benefits of cleaner, climate-smart growth. Bold climate action could deliver at least US$26 trillion in economic benefits through to 2030, compared with business as usual. Momentum is building behind this shift by a wide range of cities, governments, businesses, investors and others around the world, but not fast enough.

Source: Bold Climate Action Could Deliver US$26T by 2030, But Only If We Hurry | Sustainable Brands