Sustainable business opens major economic opportunity says new report


The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has welcomed the findings of a landmark report by the Business & Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC) which reveals that sustainable business models could open economic opportunities worth at least US$12 trillion – creating up to 380 million jobs a year by 2030.

ICC helps pave the way to Rio Earth Summit

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As governments gather in New York for the 18th session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), ICC has stressed the critical role of the private sector as a partner for creating solutions to today’s pressing sustainability challenges.

BASD announces new chair


The Business Action for Sustainable Development 2012 (BASD) has announced Senapathy Gopalakrishnan as its new chair. Mr Gopalakrishnan will lead the BASD in its efforts to ensure that the global business community is well represented during discussions at the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Rio+20).

ICC Secretary General appointed to UN Global Compact Board


United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Secretary General Jean-Guy Carrier to the UN Global Compact Board, to which he will contribute a world business perspective on the Compact’s work.

Chambers of commerce pledge to contribute business solutions to climate change

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Leaders of the global chambers of commerce community issued a statement today at the World Chambers Congress here, identifying the current global economic crisis and the impacts of climate change as two major challenges that transcend national borders and require concerted international cooperation.

ICC asks G8 to support UN climate change framework

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A global agreement on climate change under the auspices of the United Nations is the best way of ensuring international cooperation to resolve this vital issue, ICC said in statement to environment ministers from the world’s most highly industrialized countries.

Business Action for Water now online

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Business Action for Water (BAW), a joint initiative of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), has this week launched a website to publicize the business position on water policy.

Business cooperation crucial to tackle Africa’s water and energy crisis

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According to the ministers and business leaders attending a high-level international meeting on the environment here yesterday, the water and energy crisis threatening much of Africa can only be resolved with greater investment in relevant infrastructure and services by the private sector.