The environmental challenges facing the world are growing in scale and complexity. These include climate change; an emerging global crisis in water availability and water pollution; record loss of biodiversity and long-term damage to ecosystems; pollution of the atmosphere; waste production and disposal; impacts of chemicals use and toxic substance disposal; damaged aquatic ecosystems; deforestation and land degradation; and achieving the critical goal of poverty eradication in an increasingly natural resource-constrained world.
Businesses have a critical role to play in addressing these challenges, with a responsibility to minimise their own environmental impact, and an opportunity to explore how they can have a net positive impact.
Principles 7, 8 and 9 of the UN Global Compact relate to environmental sustainability. The UN Global Compact’s Environmental Stewardship Strategy presents an integrative approach to manage a range of key environment issues, and is designed to help companies develop a comprehensive environmental strategy.
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