On Wednesday, 13 February 2019, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP’s London office hosted the second of the International Chamber of Commerce United Kingdom’s (ICC UK) G20 roundtables with business and government. Stuart Bruce, Senior Associate in the International Arbitration Group, and member of the ICC UK’s Energy and Environment Committee, helped enable and organize the roundtable.
The meeting forms part of a series of ICC roundtables leading up to both the G20 Osaka Summit in June and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Summit in September 2019. The focus of this roundtable was on the UK’s leadership on sustainability and its delivery of the SDGs, with an emphasis on sustainable finance as an enabling tool for the SDGs. Discussions centered on innovation, market evolution, best practices regulation and implementation of SDG commitments domestically and abroad. Experiences were shared by almost 50 representatives from a range of industries and sectors, including global banks, investment funds, consumer goods multinationals, energy and services companies, carbon markets associations, civil society and departments within the UK government.
The roundtable highlighted the importance of ongoing dialogue across industries and between businesses and government to enhance collaboration and cooperation on initiatives to deliver the SDGs. The multi-stakeholder dialogue will continue, with additional roundtables and working meetings being planned for the coming months.
Details on the ICC UK’s G20 and SDG series is available on the ICC UK’s website.