The Trillion Dollar Shift

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Routledge, Jan 12, 2018 - Business & Economics - 432 pages

Over the past 30 years, the world has seen great social improvements. Technology has been developing at an enormous pace and is helping to solve our most pressing social and environmental challenges. Yet, despite this success, our current model of development is still deeply problematic. Natural disasters triggered by climate change have doubled since the 1980s, violence and armed conflict now cost more than 13 percent of GDP, social inequality and youth unemployment is worsening around the world, and climate change threatens the global population with tremendous environmental as well as social problems. Using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a framework, this book sets out how business and capital now have a real opportunity to help resolve these problems.

With clear and plentiful examples and cases of how businesses are making a difference, relevant facts and figures to support the cases, and inspiring and instructional information on how businesses can create sustainable value, this highly readable book is a must-read for businesses (large and small) that wish to genuinely support the delivery of the SDGs.

The Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) drive change and offer a narrative and an opportunity to all to speak in one language on sustainability. They provide us with a clear set of targets for 2030. Through following the SDGs, opportunities abound for business and capital to unlock markets which offer endless potential for profit while at the same time working towards the Sustainable Development Goals. This book illustrates for business how to make the much-needed Trillion Dollar Shift.

 

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Marga Hoek is internationally recognized as a business leader, motivational speaker and author of the award-winning book New Economy Business and numerous articles in magazines such as The Huffington Post, Executive Finance, Salt and G7 Climate Change. She founded and was CEO of the Dutch Sustainable Business Association until 2016. She is Chairman of the Sustainable Science Association, Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Mazars Accountants, Member Responsible Investment Advisory Council of Bank of Montreal and Chairman of the jury of Climate-KIC entrepreneurs' competitions.

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