In addressing sustainability concerns, governments have several key roles. They have the power for policy development and for improving regulation and the capacity to facilitate cooperation with business and society. Governments are also economic actors themselves who need to manage their internal sustainability.
Governments can play a key role in leading the transition towards more efficient, sustainable and less damaging economies. Through this platform, governments have the opportunity to share their vision on sustainable development and call for joint actions and partnerships. The platform enables knowledge sharing and direct communication with key stakeholders.
Through the production and trade of goods and services, businesses keep the wheels of economy going. Wielding tremendous power, businesses impact societies and environments in which they operate in, both in positive and negative ways. Yet, businesses have the resources - capital and talent - to find innovative solutions to address global challenges, which enhances the long-term viability of their enterprises.
This is a platform is for companies that want to improve on their social and environmental performance; for those that want to share their successes and challenges; and for those who want to learn and be inspired by those in their field and other sectors. It is also a platform for stakeholders to share their perspectives and put forward questions to businesses.
The Young Leaders Dialogue (YLD) is a platform for young leaders aged 17-30 to share their ideas on how to change the world. Two young leaders from the dialogue each year are selected to present their ideas to delegates of the Responsible Business Forum, who comprise current international business leaders, policy makers and NGOs.
YLD was founded under the belief that it is the young people of today who represent the generation with the greatest opportunity to lead the changes required to make a positive difference to society and the planet.
The Fourth Estate investigates and tells stories that inform, inspire and sometimes, ignite communities or companies into action. The press has often uncovered the real price of many of the goods that we consume.
Journalists play a powerful role in sparking consumer awareness and they keep governments and businesses in check.
This platform serves as a resource centre for the press and a public arena to engage with other stakeholders.
Non-governmental, non-profit seeking organizations play a valuable role in promoting sustainable development trough their diverse experience and expertise. Characteristically NGOs are dedicated and committed to their cause and have strong grass-root level experience and an in-depth understanding of the real needs of the society. Although NGOs are very diverse, their non-profit status typically means their focus is on long-term development. NGOs commonly enjoy a high degree of public trust which can be a valuable asset in strategic cross-sector partnerships. The active engagement of NGOs in dialogue and partnerships utilizes their credibility for joint actions and provides the NGOs an opportunity to gain a firm ground for long-term improvements to the impacts of their sustainable development activities.
Investors, financiers and insurers play a pivotal role in sustainable development. With their decisions to invest, lend or insure, they can send strong messages to businesses that don’t adhere to international environmental, social or governance standards; they have the power to influence corporate behaviour.
This platform is for the sustainable finance community to engage with businesses and other stakeholders, to share its perspectives on materiality and extra-financial factors that inform their decision-making framework.