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E-Newsletter Autumn 2018

Dear Readers,

Heather McLeishGreetings from EY’s CCaSS team! We hope that this edition of the newsletter finds you well and enjoying a nice transition of seasons. This autumn, for us in the northern hemisphere, has started off well from a business perspective but we can’t help but be affected by the havoc, disruption and loss of life that are a direct result of a great deal of storm activity globally. The weaknesses in our disaster preparedness and future planning become evident when such disasters happen and affected areas are often forced into reactive actions to ease suffering and return to business as usual as soon as possible.

What are corporate ‘human rights defenders’?

CCaSS Newsletter Autumn 2018 article Have you heard the phrase ‘human rights defender’ before? Since human rights defenders were one of the topics of discussion at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, held annually at the UN Europe headquarters, awareness of the phrase and its significance has grown in the business and human rights field. In this newsletter, we will introduce the meaning of the term, trends in its use, and the relationship between human rights defenders and business.

Climate change risks have financial impacts ―Overview of TCFD Recommendations

CCaSS Newsletter Autumn 2018 article02 Recently, natural disasters such as torrential rains, hurricanes and typhoons are widespread around the globe, and the impacts are becoming so prevalent and significant that no organizations can rule them out. For instance, the record rainfall hitting the western part of Japan this summer severely damaged the infrastructure including transportation and water supply systems across the region, and business activities were devastated due to suspension of production, delays in supply-chain delivery and damaged facilities.

The latest trend of SDGs at HLPF in 2019

CCaSS Newsletter Autumn 2018 article03 The High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development was held from July 9th to July 18th at the UN headquarters in New York. In this year's HLPF, "Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies” was set as the central theme. Thematic reviews were held on six of the SDGs, as well as 46 country Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs). EY dispatched one representative to the Forum for two weeks, and investigated the latest trends and future prospects of the SDGs.

Based on the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20), the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) is a conference on the "2030 Agenda", unanimously passed by the General Assembly in 2015, and its constituent 17 goals, focusing on the sharing of each country’s initiatives, progress, and methodologies. The Forum is extremely important as it accelerates and supports the achievement of the SDGs. This year’s Forum was the third of its annual holdings.

According to the UN reports, more than 125 government ministers, cabinet secretaries and deputy ministers alongside more than 2,200 registered stakeholders took part in the event, which included 260 official sub-events, held in addition to the main conference※1. Many topics and issues were brought up and discussed among SDGs researchers, experts, company representatives, NGOs, government officials and ministers, engaging in events, introducing new reports and activities and discussions in and around the United Nations HQ.

EY Growth Barometer

The EY Growth Barometer is an annual survey of global middle-market C-suite leaders that explores their strategies for accelerating growth. Please take a look at the 2018 survey for Japan.


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