Asia-Pacific countries adopt declaration to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment

Ministers and high-level officials from 45 countries in the Asia-Pacific region have committed to intensify priority actions towards realizing women’s rights and fundamental freedoms for an equal future. Photo: UN Women/Pornvit Visitoran The Asia-Pacific Declaration on Advancing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Beijing+25 Review was adopted after intense negotiations at a three-day Ministerial Conference, organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific this week. Photo: UN Women/Pathumporn Thongking “The 25th anniversary of…

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New research from Barclays Private Bank finds ‘lack of faith’ between wealthy individuals and charities is a major barrier to giving

Barriers to Giving, a new report released by Barclays Private Bank, finds a ‘lack of faith’ between high net worth individuals (HNWIs) and charities is one of the greatest obstacles to philanthropy outside the US. Recent figures revealed that almost half (47%) of multimillionaires outside the US donate less than 1% of their annual income to charitable causes compared with 2.1% within the US which is having a considerable impact on charitable funding. If every individual in this group was to increase donations to 1% of their income, there would…

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The second edition of the Global Report on Women in Tourism highlights how tourism can advance gender equality and women’s empowerment

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), in collaboration with UN Women, The German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), World Bank Group and Amadeus, launched the second edition of the Global Report on Women in Tourism on 6 November 2019. The Global Report on Women in Tourism 2010 provided the first look and a baseline study on the situation of women in the tourism sector. The second edition of the report considers how the situation has evolved and provides a thorough assessment of tourism’s contribution towards United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 5…

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United Nations Global Compact Updates Guidance to Help General Counsel Drive the Corporate Sustainability Agenda

The United Nations Global Compact has issued updated guidance to help General Counsel advance the corporate sustainability agenda. Developed together with Linklaters and the University of California Berkeley School of Law, Guide for General Counsel on Corporate Sustainability Version 2.0 is designed to help legal professionals drive change and become leaders in embedding sustainability into their companies’ strategies and operations. It follows the original Guide for General Counsel on Corporate Sustainability that was published in 2015. “As the role of General Counsel moves beyond legal compliance and towards corporate sustainability,…

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Sustainability Now Drives More Consumer Purchasing Decisions, According to New Data from 2019 Paper & Packaging Consumer Trends Report

The majority of consumers include sustainability among the most important factors when determining their spending habits, according to new data released by Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) Sinar Mas from the 2019 Paper & Packaging Consumer Trends Report. The report finds that environmental sustainability is a driving factor for 53% of Americans when making any type of product purchase decision. Three in five adults (61%) would be willing to pay more for food products packaged in sustainable materials, with 35% saying they would be open to paying up to 10% more.…

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