is a marathon not a sprint
31 July 2002 - The US will bring three messages to World Summit on Sustainable
Development: commitment, good policies, and partnerships, says Colin Powell
in speech delivered to US State Department conference.
More than 100 World
Leaders to attend Summit
30 July 2002 – Leaders from over 100 countries have officially indicated that
they will attend the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg
says United Nations Press Release.
ABB helps young South
Africans fight drugs and violence
26 July 2002 - As part of ABB’s social responsibility policy, the engineering
group is working with a local initiative in the township of Westbury to help
young people build a future free from gang-based violence and drugs.
of Forest and Paper Associations Established
25 July 2002 - Trade associations representing forest and paper industries around
the world announced the establishment of their first-ever global association.
Enterprises pave the
way for sustainable development
24 July 2002 - The IUCN will showcase examples of entrepreneurs in Southern
Africa who have used local natural resources to create jobs and sustain their
communities at the World Summit on Sustainable Development.
from sustainability in emerging markets
22 July 2002 – First large-scale study of evidence from developing countries proves that emerging market companies gain financially from sustainability.
Countries move closer to agreement on Summit outcomes
19 July 2002 - Countries moved significantly closer toward agreement on the outcome of next month's World Summit on Sustainable Development at a meeting convened by South African President Thabo Mbeki, says UN Press Release.
Financial Times reports
on World Summit on Sustainable Development
19 July 2002 - Corporate initiatives on environment and development will play
a prominent role throughout the Summit says the FT.
Business sets up HQ
in Johannesburg for World Summit
16 July 2002 – Business preparations for the upcoming World Summit in Johannesburg
are reaching their final phases as the private sector rallies ahead of what
is expected to be the world’s biggest UN conference.
'Friends of the Chair'
meet to discuss Summit outcomes
15 July 2002 - South African President Thabo Mbeki has invited 25 countries
to serve as "Friends of the Chair" for the World Summit on Sustainable Development.
The group will hold its first meeting in New York on 17 July.
Europe steers clear
15 July 2002 - The European Commission has firmly rejected a regulatory approach
to corporate social responsibility in its newly published white paper on the
Credit Suisse gives
children a ticket to life
11 July 2002 – Financial service company teams up with UNICEF to ensure that
children have official papers, obliging governments to take responsibility for
The Economist talks
9 July 2002 - There is reason to believe not only that growth can be compatible
with greenery, but that it often bolsters it says the Economist in its survey
on the global environment.
South African President
Mbeki to head African Union
9 July 2002 – African leaders gather in Durban, South Africa to inaugurate the
African Union, a group modelled on the European Union.
Jo'burg Climate Legacy
hits the news
3 July 2002 - South African Mail and Guardian discusses the impact the World
Summit will have on CO2 emmisions and supports efforts to neutralise it through
a Climate Legacy.
Corporate Social Responsibility
for the EU
2 July 2002 - EU Commission speaks on the responsibilities of the corporate
world in the lead up to Johannesburg.
WSSD Release draft "Elements for the Political Declaration"
2 July 2002 : World Sumit on
Sustainable Development release draft "Elements for the Political Declaration"
outlining urgent and renewed efforts required to be undertaken by all countries
in a spirit of international solidarity in order to achieve sustainable development.
Private Sector Key to
Success of African Development Plan
27 June 2002 - Business leaders with interests in Africa warn Group of Eight
summit that efforts to develop Africa cannot succeed without greater private
Aid is fine - but trade
is what poor countries need most
25 June 2002 - If you want a safe bet about the outcome of the forthcoming Group of Eight summit, it is that it will culminate in a ringing declaration of support for open trade and investment says International Chamber of Commerce Secretary General, Maria Livanos Cattaui in the International Herald Tribune.
'No' to charity,
'yes' to investment
25 June 2002 - A great moment is at hand: a chance for developed countries to
make a sound investment while helping to break the cycle of African underdevelopment
says South African President Thabo Mbeki in International Herald Tribune editorial.
makes good business sense
20 June 2002 – Sustainable Development central to successful business strategy
says BASD Vice-Chairman, Lord Holme, in article written for the International
Global oil & gas industry
charts decade of progress
20 June 2002 – Working within local cultures, the oil and gas industry is helping
to produce more affordable, accessible, and cleaner energy than ever before.
European Union commits to success in Johannesburg
17 June 2002 - EU foreign ministers agree to take leadership position on global sustainability issues, welcoming water, energy, health, agriculture, and biodiversity as key areas for action at the World Summit on Sustainable Development.
Smart solution brings
clean water to rural South Africa
17 June 2002 - As part of its commitment to providing sustainable water supplies
in developing countries, Ondeo, the international watercompany, has helped bring
clean water to rural villages in South Africa.
brings the world to Johannesburg
13 June 2002 - Business teams up with the UNDP to host a multi-media showcase
of sustainable development initiatives at the Johannesburg Summit. Include your
project in the Virtual Exhibition.
Key NGOs blame governments for Bali failures
12 June 2002 – After setbacks at the final preparatory meeting for the Johannesburg Summit, environment and economic development coalitions ask governments to get the show back on the road.
Business says states
not living up to Rio promise
5 June 2002 - Multinational companies and local communities have done much more
than governments to promote sustainable development during the past 10 years,
says WBCSD President, Bjorn Stigson.
Calendar for Johannesburg Summit
3 June 2002 - BASD is preparing a calendar of business relevant events for the
World Summit on Sustainable Development. Let us know about your business event.
Call for Corporate
3 June 2002 - Submit your sustainability reports to UNEP and SustainAbility
for global benchmark survey of international corporate sustainability reporting.
International Herald Tribune features Johannesburg Summit
27 May 2002 - The private sector, as the main generator of entrepreneurship and innovation, is key to the widespread delivery of both water and energy. But it cannot undertake this task on its own, writes BASD Chair Sir Mark Moody-Stuart.
Solar Power for 16,000 Households in Morocco
24 May 2002 - Total Energie, TotalFinaElf and Electricite de France partner in rural solar power electrification program in Morocco.
Your Summit questions answered
23 May 2002 – The United Nations answers frequently asked questions about the Johannesburg Summit.
World leaders speak out
for the Summit
22 May 2002 BASD chair Mark Moody-Stuart joins international leaders
to express a high-level commitment to the World Summit on Sustainable Development
at an informal meeting in Pretoria.
key areas for summit action identified by UN Secretary General
16 May - In a speech delivered by Mrs. Annan on behalf of the Secretary General,
Water, Energy, Health, Agriculture, and Biodiversity were named as key areas
for action at the World Summit on Sustainable Development.
Industry efforts not enough
UNEP report claims
15 May 2002 - Releasing 22 industry sector reports, the UN Environment Programme
claims that the gap is growing between strong industry efforts and the worsening
state of planet.
air transport on path to sustainability
15 May - The United Nations Environmental Programme launch of 22 sector reports prepared for the World Summit on Sustainable Development is a landmark event in aviation history, says Executive Director of the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG).
Bankers go wild as HSBC
invests in nature
13 May 2002 – HSBC workers leave their desks and head into the field to
help scientists collect data for environmental projects ranging from watching
sea turtles in Costa Rica to tracking endangered jaguars in Brazil.
and minerals industry breaks new ground in sustainability efforts
1 May 2002 - The Mining Minerals and Sustainable Development initiative released
findings from a two-year research project on how the industry can maximize its
contribution to sustainable development.
accuse business of "greenwash"
30 April 2002 - Self-appointed industry watchdog, Corpwatch, has issued a pre-summit
manifesto claiming business involvement in the upcoming World Summit on Sustainable
Development in Johannesburg is cynically motivated.
Initiative" to combat environmental impact of rising comsumption patterns
29 April - United Nations Environment Programme and the Society for Environmental
Toxicology and Chemistry launch initiative in Prague.
talks technology to UN in Beijing
25 April 2002 – Mr. Björn Stigson, President of WBCSD, discussed the importance
of technology as a driver toward sustainable development at UN Forum for Business
Herald Tribune Supplements - "The Johannesburg Summit"
25 April 2002 - The International Herald Tribune and the Secretariat of the
World Summit on Sustainable Development will publish a series of sponsored sections
on the Johannesburg Summit. These will appear in the worldwide edition of the
IHT during the final Global PrepCom, which takes place in Bali starting May
have a responsibility to the communities in which they operate
19 April 2002 BASD Chief speaks of the responsibility that companies
have in an interview in London's Evening Standard..
Business Partners for Development Report Reveals how Globalisation Can Benefit
Both Business and Communities
18 April 2002 Communities in developing countries, governments and businesses
alike can benefit from a new approach to partnerships, according to evidence
emerging from a three year action research programme carried out
by Business Partners for Development (BPD).
highlights critical role for private sector in sustainable development
14 April 2002 Environmental Ministers from 8 industrialized countries
met in Banff, Canada, to prepare for the upcoming World Summit on Sustainable
Reporting Initiative Inaugurated at U.N. Event
4 April 2002 - The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), an international sustainability
reporting institution, was formally inaugurated at the United Nations headquarters
in New York City on 4 April 2002.
and business unveil new project to open Jo-burg Summit to the world
3 April 2002 - A new initiative between business and the United Nations has
been hailed as an opportunity for people all over the world to participate in
the upcoming World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg.
trends are reshaping business strategy and markets
3 April 2002 - Businesses that wish to survive and thrive in a global economy
must respond to major social and environmental trends that are reshaping markets,
says a report released today by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the World Resources
and Some Concerns Voiced Over Partnership Proposals
2 April 2002 The idea of using the World Summit on Sustainable Development
as a launching pad for new partnerships between governments, the private sector,
and community and citizen groups gained considerable momentum during a wide-ranging
discussion of the concept at PrepCom III for the Summit.
focuses on LP Gas
New York, 27 March 2002 - The UN Development Program expresses the need for
an LP Gas Challenge with industry to expand assess to modern energy.
Business in the media
- a role for business proposed at Monterrey
Monterrey, Mexico, 22 March 2002 - The Financing for Development conference in Monterrey, Mexico concludes today and business has made news for its role in sustainable development.
Big, bold bash a logistical
challenge for South African summit
Johannesburg, South Africa, 22 March 2002 - Eyes of the world will be watching
as Sandton hosts World Summit on Sustainable Development.
Australia adopts greenhouse
Sydney, Australia, 19 March - With the launch of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol
in Sydney on Monday, Australian companies will for the first time be able to
apply internationally accepted greenhouse-gas accounting and reporting standards.
Business counterpart to Africa's
NEPAD development initiative is launched
Monterrey, Mexico, 19 March - A business alliance dedicated to helping Africa
to realize its full economic potential was launched today at the UN Conference
on Financing for Development.
PrepcomIV moved to Bali
18 March 2002 - The fourth and final Preparatory Committee meeting for the
Johannesburg Summit will be held in Bali and not Jakarta as originally planned.
It is scheduled from 27 May - 7 June.
100,000 workers take to
14 March 2002 - Protests press the EU Summit in Barcelona for better social
and employment integration in advance of the Johannesburg Summit.
for World Summit Business Awards for Sustainable Development Partnerships extended
to March 22.
12 March 2002 These awards have a broad focus on partnerships that successfully
deliver sustainable development objectives.
Lawyers meet to argue
case for sustainable development
5 March 2002 - More than 200 lawyers will meet in Montreal in May to discuss
international sustainable development law and its contribution to the Johannesburg
Pakistan Conference focuses
on role for developing economies
19 February 2002 ICC Conference emphasises commitment to integrating
business in the developing world with the global economy.
Kofi Annan stresses need
for practical steps to build partnerships
5 February 2002 - United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan emphasizes that
the UN needs partnerships with grass-roots NGOs as much as it does with corporate
Mining Industry Looks to
Retool for Sustainable Development
30 January 2002 There are thousands of abandoned mines leaching pollutants
into rivers and streams, and thousands of indigenous people who have been displaced
by mines. It is not a flattering image for the industry, but it is hoping to
change all that.
Sustainable development makes
good business sense, BASD chief tells UN
29 January 2002 - Sustainable development can be best achieved within the context
of an open market economy, BASD chief Sir Mark Moody-Stuart told a United Nations
Wanted: Commitments and Action
on Sustainable Development
28 January 2002 - It took several months to gather opinions & recommendations
from farmers, trade unions, community groups & business leaders on how to
promote sustainable development, but they all made their way to the WSSD Preparatory
Public-private sector partnerships
sought for development financing
16 January 2002 - Both domestic and foreign private sector investment should
complement official development assistance, ICC Secretary General Maria Livanos
Cattaui told the UN
is on to find sustainable development leaders
15 January 2002 - As the World Summit in Johannesburg looms large on the international
calendar, ICC has launched a search for the best examples worldwide of corporate
sustainable development. (External
Summit organisers call for private
21 December 2001 - The World Summit organisers and the South African Government
have asked the private sector to provide in-kind assistance at Johannesburg.
TO THE EDITOR: Private sector support for Earth summit
10 December 2001, FT. Sir James Lamont's article "South Africa snubbed on summit
funds" did not tell the whole story about the business attitude towards funding
of next year's Earth summit...". (External