Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has set out his advice for world citizens to address some of the most serious problems facing humankind. Those problems include the widening gap between the wealthiest and the poorest; environmental and natural resource degradation, as well as man-made climate change.
Annan makes three recommendations:
1. Make sure that business does not forget the poorest among us. As Annan states: Business know that tending to the neediest in society is good for business. By raising income levels, the consumer base expands.
2. Create private-public partnerships. Among other goals, these partnerships create employment opportunities, particularly for women and girls.
3. Businesses must assure us that their decision making will have ethical and sustainable foundations.
Annan concludes: "With the full engagement of the private sector, globalization can be harnessed into a process which ensures prosperity for all, while protecting our planet. So let us all start living up to this responsibility today and lay the foundation for a brighter tomorrow."
The full essay can be read here.