The Corporate Sustainability Forum is one of the main “pre-events” to the Rio+20 Summit. It will keep us occupied from 15 to 18 June, even with plenty of other events competing for our attention, to be followed by a day, 19 June, for each of the nine “Major Groups” in the Rio dynamic – one of which, of course, is business and industry. But we will also be drawn to the event on that day being organized by our colleagues at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development – a Forum on Sustainable Trade and Innovation for Sustainable Development. This is an event largely under the responsibility of the United Nations Global Compact. In itself, it has information overload – with the typical Internet technique of giving you drop-down menus for each event, of which there are a multitude. Thematically, they are organized into six categories – energy and climate, water and ecosystems, agriculture and food, social development, urbanization and cities, and economics and financing of sustainable development. But consider the diversity of choices: building markets for greener products, education for sustainable development, changing the world through fashion, the climate-water nexus, urban poverty, green chemistry…. We know that we will want to meet with the Anti-Corruption Working Group, a key interest of CMBD member Deloitte and the supporters of the Business Principles and Children’s Rights and the event on “Cocoa’s Promise”. We note also that pre-event publications have come out on a “Caring for Climate Progress Report” available here), responsible investment and responsible management education, and also “Scaling Up Global Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture”. This last has a case study on CMBD member Syngenta. See the report here. It covers sourcing, land and water management, nutrition, technology and commodity price volatility. There is another one on sustainability reporting. So we will be busy.
From the CMBD News 11 June 2012