World Chambers Congress spotlights climate change and sustainable development
11 Jun 2019

The 11th World Chambers Congress taking place in Rio on 12-14 June will explore the ramifications associated with climate change and how business can implement sustainable practices across the global supply chain.


In today’s world, business must accept responsibility for the societal impact of their operations.


The Sustainable Development Goals [SDGs] are a common roadmap adopted by world leaders in 2015 for “people, planet and prosperity” as part of the UN’s 2030 Agenda. In particular, SDG 13, Climate Action, calls for member states to “take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts by regulating emissions and promoting developments in renewable energy”.


Thriving in a low carbon economy


In the wake of this international call for action, more and more countries are adopting forms of national legislation aimed at promoting sustainable development. According to a study conducted by the London School of Economics each country that signed the Paris Agreement [now] has “at least one law addressing climate change or the transition to a low-carbon economy.” Since the adoption of the Paris Agreement, several countries, like China, France, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, have committed to banning the sale of gasoline cars within the next 20 years. At the municipal level, congestion charges, shared bicycle schemes, and sustainable development projects are gaining traction.


Other topics to be discussed at the World Chambers Congress


Co-hosted by ICC WCF and the Brazilian Confederation of Trade and Business Associations (CACB), the 11thWorld Chambers Congress will take place from 12-14 June in Rio de Janeiro. With less than two weeks to go until this flagship event, ICC will be highlighting other topics of this year’s programme over the coming days. Please stay tuned for detailed descriptions on sessions ranging from climate change, trade facilitation and more.


Access the latest programme for the 11th World Chambers Congress and the Chambers Clim ate Coalition.