Rio+20: Helping to shape a sustainable future

01 June 2012

ERM to participate in the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development: Rio +20.

Twenty years since the landmark 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, are coming together for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD). Known as Rio +20 it the event will continue to help shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet to get to the future we want.

ERM will be one of the attendees. With over 50,000 people expected at the conference and related events it will include more than 100 presidents and prime ministers, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Conference Secretary-General Sha Zukang being joined by business CEOs, parliamentarians, mayors, NGO leaders, academics, senior UN officials and representatives from many other groups.

Taking place from 20-22 June 2012, it is also the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD).

Rio+20 will focus on two themes: (a) a green economy in the context of sustainable development poverty eradication; and (b) the institutional framework for sustainable development. Preparations for Rio+20 have also highlighted seven areas which need priority attention; these include decent jobs, energy, sustainable cities, food security and sustainable agriculture, water, oceans and disaster readiness.

ERM's participation
As well as Rio +20, ERM’s participation will also focus on the Corporate Sustainability Forum: UN Global Compact which runs from 15-18 June. As the biggest Sustainability Conference of the decade, and with business recognizing the importance in working with other world leaders to meet the global challenges covered by the theme, ERM is attending as an organization which is focused on sustainability with a desire to be an active participant in this global work.

The ERM delegation Regional CEO for the Americas David McArthur and Global Sustainability Program Director Linden Edgell, as well as local representation from our Brazilian office.

ERM and the B4E Conference, Berlin.

Over 300 world leaders, CEOs, senior executives and industry experts came together at the Business for the Environment (B4E) summit to utilize what is a leading international platform for dialogue and partnership solutions for the environment. Attendees use this opportunity to share ideas and commit to solutions, which address the most urgent environmental challenges facing the world today.

Held in the run up to Rio+24, Robin Bidwell, ERM’s President of the ERM Foundation, presented in the Inclusive Business discussing the work of the company’s Low Carbon Enterprise Fund (LCEF).  Find out more about the LCEF

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