Unique opportunity for 30'000 vetiver producers
In May 2012 the SDC launched an innovative partnership with the Swiss company Firmenich, a world leader in perfumes and flavours. About 80% of the oil from the vetiver plant, used all over the world in the production of perfumes as well as medicinal substances, is produced by small farmers in Haiti. The purpose of this project is to increase the efficiency and sustainability of all partners in the production chain. Initially the project will benefit 1,000 farmers. By the time it ends in 2020 however it is expected to involve some 30,000 producers.
The private sector facing up to its responsibilities
The international community and the private sector are cognizant of the crucial role that the latter must play in making progress on the Rio Agenda. Businesses are increasingly being encouraged to promote responsible business practices capable of providing the foundation for an economy based on universal values. Organized on the sidelines of the Rio+20 Conference, the “UN Global Compact Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum” was the occasion for the private sector to engage in a debate with representatives of governments and civil society on its role in the promotion of sustainable and inclusive growth.
An important partner of the SDEC, the United Nations Global Compact hosted a Forum on the notion of sustainability in business enterprises. Under the sub-heading “innovation and cooperation for the future that we want”, the Forum provided an opportunity for entrepreneurs and investors to dialogue with the representatives of government, local authorities, and civil society. Around 2000 participants debated the principal themes of Rio such as food security, energy, and water.
High level of involvement on the part of Switzerland
Switzerland, represented by Martin Dahinden, SDC Director-General, and Hans-Peter Egler, Head of Trade Promotion at SECO, took a stand on numerous thematic issues, for instance, food security and agriculture, public-private partnerships, the efficiency of resources, and the importance of standards and labels. In particular, the SDC presented innovate public-private partnership solutions aimed at limiting the vulnerability of small farmers in the face of meteorological risks thanks to micro-insurance. Various specific cases were presented by the representatives of large corporations such as Swiss Re, Allianz Re, or Firmenich.
How can the commercial interests of businesses be reconciled with the necessity of pursuing a development that is sustainable and equitable? This was one of the questions to which the Swiss delegation made its contribution to finding a solution.
Aout the UN Global Compact
The UN Global Compact is the largest public business initiative in the world. It brings together some 8000 members, of which 6000 are corporations, in 135 countries. With the principle objective being to promote the social legitimacy of business and markets, it contributes to the emergence of a global market which is more stable, equitable, and inclusive.
By mobilizing businesses throughout the entire world to conduct their activities while mainstreaming the ten principles set down in the Compact, the initiative seeks to catalyze their actions in support of broader UN goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Informaciones complementarias y documentación
- Rio+20 Konferenz und Corporate Sustainability Forum: Beitrag von DEZA-Direktor Martin Dahinden
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- Rio+20: Combating Poverty with the Help of the Private Sector