Building on the Sustainable Development Goals
2015 was arguably a banner year for sustainable development. With the signing of the Paris Agreement at COP21 and adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations in September, the path is laid out for how we might develop sustainable and equitable economies across the globe.
Of course, that's easier said that done. But tools and methods are already in place to make good on the promise.
When I was in Paris for COP21, I had the opportunity to speak with Michael Meehan, CEO of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). GRI has pioneered the methods and standards of corporate global sustainability reporting.
What we discussed in Paris, however, went far beyond that. Meehan explained how the future of GRI is in bringing the power of information and realtime data to policy, economic, social and environmental decisions throughout global organizations. Essentially "baking sustainability" into the process.
Read about sustainability "beyond the report" and the SDG Compass in my recent article for TriplePundit.