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HH Global backs sustainable COVID-19 recovery plan

Author: Ash Haigh

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Letter to UK prime minister

In a letter sent to the UK Prime Minister on Tuesday 9 June, HH Global and other business leaders have called on the government to use the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to frame COVID-19 recovery plans.

The letter references a statement made by the Prime Minister at the Financing for Development event on 28 May, where he called for a “fairer, greener and more resilient global economy” after COVID-19. The letter supports this, stating that the global goals should be used as the basis for a socially just and green recovery in the UK and worldwide.

The letter puts forward three recommendations to the UK government:

  1. Use the SDGs to unite all sectors behind a plan to build a stronger and more resilient economy
  2. Use the SDGs to prioritise the most vulnerable in our society and level-up regional and societal inequalities
  3. Use the SDGs to build coherent policies for a healthy planet and to aid the transition to net zero

Kevin Dunckley, HH Global Chief Sustainability & Innovation Officer said: “The UN Sustainable Development Goals provide a common framework and vision, and already underpin the way that we approach sustainability as a business. By following this more widely, I believe we have an opportunity to create positive social and environmental outcomes, ensuring that society and our planet is able to prosper as we recover from the impacts of COVID-19.”

Other letter signatories include leaders of Natwest Group, Nestle UK & Ireland, Diageo, Linklaters, The Body Shop, HSBC and Unilever.

Steve Kenzie, Executive Director, UN Global Compact Network UK said “The SDGs define a universal framework for governments, businesses, and civil society to work together and create the future we want. We’re only 10 years away from the deadline to achieve the goals, and the COVID-19 crisis risks worsening inequalities and slowing down progress made. The SDG agenda must be used by the Government to ensure the UK recovers better, recovers stronger, and recovers together”.

The SDGs are part of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and give a “shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future”. There are 17 Goals at its centre, encompassing climate action, education and health.