International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) said that the transition towards a
“green and inclusive economy” must be scaled up and that the back-to-back
meetings of two intergovernmental forums, the G20 and Rio+20, should build
momentum to pave the way to a more sustainable future.
How best to
accomplish this is laid out in the ICC Green Economy Roadmap, a comprehensive
guide for business, policymakers and civil society, that was presented at the
Rio+20 conference today.
G20 Mexico Summit in Los Cabos, unlike those that came before it, kicked off a
week that will end with the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, commonly
known as Rio+20. ICC delivered policy priorities on behalf of global business
to the G20 on trade and investment, green growth, transparency and anti-corruption,
and financing for growth and development. ICC has also been part of the
official process at Rio+20, providing business input to the negotiations of a
final text that is expected to come out of the conference.
ICC has rated the G20 performance as “incomplete” across four important policy
areas: trade and investment, green growth, transparency and anti-corruption,
and financing for growth and development.
are all linked by a shared interest to increase prosperity, while dealing with environmental,
social and economic challenges – and yet we have no appropriate tools to manage
a globalized economy," said ICC Secretary General Jean-Guy Carrier.
"What we need are strong coordinated solutions to the worldwide jobs
crisis and action to avoid a new global recession. Governments should
re-balance economic incentives and provide enabling policy frameworks to boost
business confidence to do what it does best – deliver jobs and growth. World
leaders in Los Cabos and Rio de Janeiro have an opportunity to send clear
signals to re-launch the economic activity and deliver on ‘green growth.’"
separate ICC delegations currently attending Rio+20 and the G20 include
representatives from many of ICC’s member companies around the world.
private sector is already delivering solutions to global sustainability
challenges such as the growing population and limited availability of the
earth's finite resources, but progress would be much faster with more
collaboration between governments, civil society and business,” said Neil
Hawkins, Vice President, Sustainability/EH&S, Dow Chemical Company.
"With the right policy frameworks, business can make the investments and
create the business opportunities that the green transition promises. This is
what the ICC Green Economy Roadmap is all about."
Green Economy Roadmap sets out 10 conditions needed to drive growth and calls
for innovation, collaboration and governance. It serves as both a tool for
integrating sustainability into business strategies and government policies as
well as a platform to share and scale-up best practices and initiate new
View the press conference launch of the ICC Green Economy Roadmap on UN web TV