“The development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” – Brundtland Commission, United Nations, 1987..
“Sustainability as a balance between environmental (Planet), social equity (People) and economic demands (Profit).”.
An increase in global temperatures due to increase in Green House Gases (GHG) such as Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Water Vapour (H2O), Nitrous Oxide (N2O), Methane (CH4), Chloro-Fluoro Carbons (F2CL2), etc..
Green House Gases traps the sun’s heat in our atmosphere. Examples of Green House Gases are Carbon Dioxide (CO2), Water Vapour (H2O), Nitrous Oxide (N2O), Methane (CH4), Chloro-Fluoro Carbons (F2CL2), etc..
Climate Change is a consequence of Global Warming, but the term relates to the broader range of changes on planet Earth.
Examples of Climate Change are:
Some consequences of Climate Change are:
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognise that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
The SDGs build on decades of work by countries and the UN, including the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
The GRI Standards were created by Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB) as the first globally accepted sustainability reporting standard to help create a common language for organisations – large or small, private or public – to report on their sustainability impacts in a consistent and credible way. This enhances global comparability and enables organizations to be transparent and accountable..
An organisation practicing sustainability principle bolster its ability to adapt to change and create positive outcomes for all its stakeholders. Reporting on their performance on economic, environmental and social impacts helps organisations guide their decision making, towards sustainable development for the communities they serve.
Governments around the world are transitioning to low carbon, circular economies. Organisations need to adopt sustainable practices as a cornerstone of their business strategy to be part of this transition..
There could be both internal and external benefits of sustainable reporting for an organisation.