“Transition Network is a charitable organisation whose role is to inspire, encourage, connect, support and train communities as they self-organise around the Transition model, creating initiatives that rebuild resilience and reduce CO2 emissions.” The Transition Network was founded by Rob Hopkins on whose ideas the idea of Transition initiatives were based. Initially the focus was...
Civil society and business
AVIVA set up the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Coalition which includes financial institutions, NGOs, investors and professional bodies to promote long-term value by “incorporating long-term sustainability considerations into their business strategy and by fully disclosing their progress to investors”. In 2012 at the Rio + 20 Earth Summit the CSRC led calls for an international framework...
9th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change 24th-30th April 2015, Nairobi, Kenya The conference theme for this year’s International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation (CBA9) is ‘Measuring and enhancing effective adaptation’. CBA9 will highlight that there are different ways of measuring the success of community-based adaptation, and underline that effective evaluation considers the perspective...
FDSD, as part of the Alliance for Future Generations, joined international non-governmental organisations (NGOs), in urging UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to give priority, and proper resources, to a report on intergenerational solidarity and future generations, as required by the Rio+20 outcome document The Future We Want.
This paper reviews the literature on the drivers of voluntary social and environmental standards-setting, their relationship with the multilateral trading system, the link with national public authorities, as well as suggesting implications for the roles of public sector actors in corporate social responsibility.
Tim O'Riordan notes our reluctance to forego the benefits of a carbon-dependent world. We want sustainability but are not prepared to vote for it. The main problem is short-termism, exacerbated when things are financially tight.
Halina Ward takes a critical look at ISO 26000, an international standard that aims to encourage organisations to be socially-responsible. She assesses the standard against democracy and sustainable development, making recommendations so that it could better enhance global governance and sustainable development.
Whilst there are examples of decision-making innovations that link communities and mainstream politics, Halina Ward asks what happens when community groups that self-organise on sustainable development choose not to engage with local government.
Drawing on her experience at Australian online campaign group GetUp, Sally Hill considers the rise of online activism such as MoveOn, GetUp, 38 Degrees, and Avaaz, on democracy, focusing primarily on their climate change activities.
In the absence of a visionary text setting out the intersections between democracy, environmental justice and sustainable development, Charles Secrett argues that we need to draft a core text, and then rely on the wisdom of crowds to develop it.