This metric covers Sustainable Development Goal 15 of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Goal 15 aims to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss. People need nature to thrive. Deforestation – which takes place around the world at a rate of 13 million hectares per year – is due largely to commercial agriculture. The loss of forest also causes loss of biodiversity, leading to low crop productivity and value, in a vicious cycle. At the same time, deforestation drives climate change. Where drought and desertification degrades land, 20 million tons of grains could have been grown each year. These interlocking causes and effects are the focus of SDG 15.
Go to the Half-Billion Dollars Challenge page of the Global Sourcing Council website. Using the dynamic GSC Half-Billion Challenge Progress Barometer you can view a list of companies that have taken the pledge.
Click on the tab “All Pledges” to see the total financial capacity that has been pledged to the SDGs in the Half-Billion Dollars Challenge.
Click on the tab “By SDG” to view the breakdown of financial capacity that has been pledged to each SDG.
Click on the tab ‘By Organization’ to view the list of organizations that have taken the pledge.
Select the company you are to research from the list. Then, using the drop-down arrow you can determine how much the company in question has pledged to advancing SDG 15.
For further research the Global Sourcing Council suggests reviewing the following additional resources:
Global Sourcing Council
Corporate Social Responsibility Report
CSO Statements or Reports
Investigative Reports, Surveys, Articles, etc.