Social and Environmental Principles

THE ROLE OF BUSINESS IN THE FULFILLMENT OF THE SGDs

A study realized by the AECID analyzes the role of Spanish companies to reach the Sustainable Development Goals in Latin America Author: Mélanie Romat The 17 Sustainable Development Goals, approved during the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015, has been considered as a milestone in terms of commitments for development, with the potential to orient public policies from ...[Read More]

WHAT WE’VE LEARNT FROM THE DROUGHT

The city of Cape Town needs to develop innovative solutions to compensate for the decrease of water resources available in the city Author:  Dr Kevin Winter [i] Water consumers in Cape Town rely almost entirely on stored surface water for drinking and every other purpose. There are not many countries that are capable of achieving water quality to potable standards. The population of Cape Town has ...[Read More]

SOCIAL MANAGEMENT OF HYDROPOWER PROJECTS IN PERSPECTIVE: FROM DRAMA TO OPPORTUNITY?

Decades of evolution in the sector show us that questionable practices of the past could become opportunities of development for the affected populations. Author: Luis Sánchez Torrente Anyone who has had the opportunity to contemplate the scene of a dried up reservoir has probably experienced the agonic sensation of dependence and vulnerability that connect us to the water. The need to retain and ...[Read More]

NEW WAYS SUSTAINABILITY JOINS THE GLOBAL MOVEMENT FOR A NEW ECONOMY

From 19th to 22nd April 2017 Malaga (Spain) will host the Global Forum NESI “New Economy and Social Innovation”, a key meeting point for people, organizations and international networks that work to co-create a more sustainable and people-centered economy. New Ways Sustainability is proud to announce we have become one of NESI Forum’s media partners. Currently and for several years now...[Read More]

CHALLENGES OF A MULTI-ACTOR COOPERATION FOR A BETTER DEVELOPMENT

A conference organized in Madrid has allowed analyzing the opportunities and difficulties related to a necessary multi-actor Alliance, aimed to create greater impacts Author: Fernando Varela and Mélanie Romat   Last January 19th, a conference entitled “Towards a more effective Development Cooperation: the necessary alliance of all actors” took place in Madrid, organized by La Caixa Foundation, ICE...[Read More]

THE ERA OF GARDENERS

Thoughts of Bauman and sustainable economy Author: Fernando Varela de Ugarte Zygmunt Bauman, one of the most clairvoyant intellectuals of the contemporary society, passed away last monday. Especially renowned for his “liquid modernity”, Bauman portrayed brilliantly the so called consumerist society: liquid, without form, where artificiality, volatility and relativism prevail, where everything chan...[Read More]

THE EU COMMITMENTS TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

The EU has reaffirmed its commitment in the fight for sustainability through a document recently released. Author: Mélanie Romat The European Union has released last week a communication[1] explaining in details its commitments, policies and actions contributing to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined by the United Nations. The 19 pages document establishes connec...[Read More]

NEW PROTECTED AREA IN THE BENI PROVINCE (BOLIVIA)

The proposal has been developed with the support of the Biodiversity Sustainable Conservation Support Program (PACSBio), funded by the European Union Author: Andrés Visinoni The creation of a protected area is a complex task, involving local and national authorities, communities and populations, organization of financial and thematic support. In this post we will go through the process that has en...[Read More]

ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE AGREEMENTS

The Environmental Performance Agreements allow establishing a compromise between three key actors in the fight for an eco-responsible society: citizen, government and business. Author: Yves Garenne The 21st century is somewhat unique since it brings to light several new elements regarding the environmental impact of our capitalist society. Science has confirmed the hypothesis that human activity h...[Read More]

SUSTAINABILITY AND THE LAW – A NEW APPROACH IN WALES

Charities in UK must expect to be challenged on the alignment of their investments with their charity’s purposes, which requires they re-focus on good governance, ethics and the law. Author: Julie Hutchison [i] Sustainable practices can be created in a number of ways.  This blog looks at one example in Wales, where new legislation has created new norms when it comes to embedding sustainability int...[Read More]

BIG DATA FOR GREATER DEVELOPMENT

The use of data represents one of the greater technological progresses of the last years. A well-targeted application can have an important impact in terms of development. Author: Mélanie Romat Over the last years, increasing attention has been paid to the Big Data “phenomenon”. Justly so, since the practices developed in this area have made possible important applications in very different sector...[Read More]

THE DILEMMA OF COMPANIES FACING SOCIO-ENVIRONMENTAL ASPECTS

An analysis of the dilemma faced by companies confronted with the inclusion of social and environmental aspects into public bids Author: Fernando Varela de Ugarte We can notice an increasing integration of socio-environmental aspects into bidding documents for infrastructure projects. Public administrations advocate for a higher commitment of business with respect to its impacts and thus resort to...[Read More]

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