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03.07.2012 UN Global Compact Network Russia Representatives took part in the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
On June 15-18 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil “The Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum: Innovation and Collaboration for the Future We Want” was hosted by the UN Global Compact. More than 2,700 business leaders, investors, UN representatives, non-profit organizations, academic institutions and government officials came to Rio de Janeiro in order to bring greater scale and quality to corporate sustainability.
The UN Global Compact Network Russia was represented by the State Corporation “Vnesheconombank”, JSC Russian Railways and Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Ltd., Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East and International Development Fund of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East “Batani”. The Forum featured over 100 sessions focused on six themes central to the Rio+20 agenda: Energy & Climate, Water & Ecosystems, Agriculture & Food, Social Development, Urbanization & Cities, Economics & Finance of Sustainable Development. Russian participants made presentation of the brochure “Indigenous Peoples and Industrial Companies: Best Practices of Cooperation in the Russian Federation” . A number of Russian participants presented their best practices of implementation of the Ten Global Compact principles in the publication “The European UN Global Compact Companies Towards Rio+20 and Beyond. A Best Practices Collection”.
The final outcome of the Forum was the official document “Overview and Outcomes: Innovation & Collaboration, Public Policy Recommendations, Commitments to Action” presented to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the eve of the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development and contained the following key messages:
1. The Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum proves that the private sector is willing to be part of the solution and is moving ahead with force, not waiting for Governments. Corporate innovation and collaboration on sustainability are gaining pace, with 200 commitments to action announced by business at the Forum – each of which will be reported on and tracked. These commitments exemplify a larger effort underway by thousands of businesses and other organizations around the world that are integrating sustainability into their day-to-day work.
2. Business has expressed support for the Sustainable Development Goals, with approximately 1,000 executives at the Forum indicating their desire to work with Governments in setting goals and targets – seeing the SDGs as a driving force to move sustainability ahead.
3. Our hope is that the Corporate Sustainability Forum provides inspiration and encouragement to Governments to transition to a green economy, and to take steps to support responsible business practices globally. The outcome document of the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum contains dozens of specific policy recommendations for Government on priority issues, including energy, climate, water, agriculture, social development, urbanization and finance.
4. We must take this energy from Rio and bring corporate sustainability to the next level. We need companies everywhere to deliver value not just financially – but also in social, environmental and ethical terms – and to report publicly on progress. Going to scale is our task leaving Rio.
Russian Rio+20 participants will share their experience and impressions of the Forum at the Annual Meeting of the UN Global Compact Network Russia that will take place in Moscow July 17, 2012.
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