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Businesses unite in a bid to make the UK economy ‘fit for the future’ by backing sustainable development

By Forster Communications

  • Over 80 major businesses have united to call on the Government to demonstrate its commitment to delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the UK and overseas
  • Open letter to Prime Minister says sustainable development is essential for long term prosperity and the wellbeing of future generations
  • Letter is published on the eve of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual meeting in Davos

In an open letter to the Prime Minister published today, we are one of more than 80 leading companies uniting in a call on the Government to demonstrate its commitment to delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Ahead of the World Economic Forum annual meeting taking place on 17-20 January, businesses say they are ready to work with the Government to help deliver the SDGs in the UK as well as internationally, but that the Government must create a framework to help businesses play their part.

The letter is published on the day that the Business and Sustainable Development Commission publishes its own flagship report on the business case for achieving sustainable and inclusive growth, and quantifying the value of private sector opportunities aligned with the SDGs.

“There has never been a more important time to focus on the role of business in society and to rebuild trust in the for-profit sector at local, national and international level. Businesses do not want to be social pariahs, but given the current low levels of confidence from individuals and broader society, they need to prove they can be and are part of the solution, not just the problem.”

Amanda Powell-Smith, Chief Executive

The letter was co-ordinated by UK Stakeholders in Sustainable Development (UKSSD), a non-profit network of businesses, NGOs and academics working to advance sustainable development and help facilitate the delivery of the SDGs in the UK. The UKSSD steering group comprises Bioregional, Good Energy, ICAEW, Neighbourly, Stakeholder Forum, UN Global Compact Network UK and WWF-UK.