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Accelerating the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Through Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Posted by George Lu on Nov 14, 2017 10:00:00 AM


The Sustainable Development Goals aim to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. In order to be successful, they must leverage the power of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

Why Businesses Should Consider Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships to Achieve the SDGs

Posted by Matthew McLaughlin on Nov 7, 2017 10:00:00 AM


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are 17 global developmental goals known officially as The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Each goal has its own set of measurable targets to be met by 2030. They cover a wide area of developmental issues including climate change, health and education, sustainable cities, multi-stakeholder partnerships, and others.

Are Natural Disasters Such as Hurricanes the New Normal?

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Oct 31, 2017 10:00:00 AM


September 2017 will be remembered as the costliest, most devastating and most terrifying natural disaster month in North America. So many hurricanes and earthquakes were happening sequentially and concurrently. This is now the new normal.

When Your Brand is on the Line, Supply Chain Data is Vital | Part 2

Posted by Ben Wilde on Oct 24, 2017 10:00:00 AM


Best Practices for Collecting and Standardizing the Supply Chain Data of a Brand

In Part One of our two-part series, we provided some examples of how to gain visibility into your supply chain. Here, we examine some best practices for the supply chain data of a brand.

When Your Brand is on the Line, Supply Chain Data is Vital | Part 1

Posted by Ben Wilde on Oct 17, 2017 10:00:00 AM


When your brand is on the line, gain visibility into and control over your supply chain data.

Trends ranging from globalization to social media, to rising consumer demand for responsibly and sustainably produced goods have transformed the role of data in the supply chain. Your supply chain today is very much an extension of your brand – with the power to bolster or harm your reputation. Even the most praised brands are susceptible.

Green Investments and Sustainable Development in Indonesia

Posted by Ben Wilde on Oct 10, 2017 10:00:00 AM


Indonesia still has a long way to go towards achieving development. Although its gross national income (GNI) rose from USD 10,690 in 2015 to USD 11,220 in 2016, an estimated 93 million Indonesians continue to subsist on USD 3.10 a day (the World Bank's moderate poverty line). Poverty in Indonesia is compounded by other issues like environmental degradation. Unsustainable agricultural methods such as deforestation lead to resource depletion, further perpetuating poverty in the country.

Canadian Businesses Tackle Climate Change via the Low-Carbon Economy

Posted by Sharolyn Vettese on Oct 3, 2017 10:00:00 AM


Canadian business leaders, normally a stodgy lot, recognize that climate change has to be addressed, and see the opportunities available in the low-carbon economy. In exchange, they are demanding changes from the federal government to remain competitive. This is welcome news.

The Link Between Peace and Sustainable Development

Posted by Matthew McLaughlin on Sep 26, 2017 10:00:00 AM


Peace is a key component of sustainable development. A healthy business environment is important for development, and in conflict-ridden communities, business operations are disrupted due to the unreliable social services and the prevalence of social problems such as poverty, hunger and inequality. In order to escape direct, structural and/or cultural violence, businesses may be forced to close down and move to safer locations, even as the people remaining in these conflict-ridden areas experience poverty, hunger and decreased opportunities.

The Role of Public Policy in Advancing the SDGs Through ICT

Posted by Dinali Mallikage on Sep 19, 2017 10:00:00 AM


ICTs and the SDGs

In our previous article entitled, “Accelerated Diffusion: ICT's Key Contribution to the SDGs", we stated that leveraging Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is crucial to achievement of the SDGs by 2030, especially the universal coverage of key services such as health and education in low-income countries. This will require that we leverage ICT’s ability to accelerate the diffusion of technology. Business-as-usual will not be sufficient.

The Importance of Mapping Technology in Sustainability

Posted by Janna Waligorski on Sep 12, 2017 10:00:00 AM


Throughout history, people have found maps to be an efficient and effective method of recording, storing and transferring information about the world around them. Maps have helped us perceive where we are in relation to the environment and to shape the communities of the future. Recently, advances in mapping technology are making a significant impact on how people pursue sustainability.