HRH Prince of Wales Announces 10-Point Plan and Sustainable Markets Initiative to Kickstart Decade of Delivery at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020

22 Jan 2020

Oliver Cann, Public Engagement, World Economic Forum, +41 79 799 34 05,

· Over 50 business leaders convened at Davos to chart a way towards more sustainable markets and champion industry-specific transitions under the theme Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World

· A Sustainable Markets Initiative and Sustainable Markets Council, or “brain trust”, were launched to identify and champion leading approaches globally; 17 founding council members urged others to join forces

· Over 12 industry roundtables are planned for 2020 to accelerate industry transitions and to develop paths to more sustainable markets by 2030

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Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, 22 January 2020 – The World Economic Forum today launches the Sustainable Markets Initiative, a collaboration between HRH Prince of Wales and the World Economic Forum.

“Sustainable markets generate long-term value through the balance of natural, social, human and financial capital. Systems-level change within sustainable markets is driven by consumer and investor demand, access to sustainable alternatives and an enhanced partnership between the public, private and philanthropic sectors,” said the Prince of Wales.

10-Point Action Plan

Within the framework of sustainable markets and rapid decarbonization, Prince of Wales believes that changing our current trajectory will require bold and imaginative action in 10 key areas:

· Shifting our default setting to sustainable
by putting sustainability at the centre of our business models, our analysis, our decisions and our actions.

· Outlining responsible transition pathways to decarbonize and achieve net and negative zero. Moving together with clear roadmaps will create efficiencies and economies of scale that will allow us to leapfrog our collective progress and accelerate our transition.

· Reimagining industries through the lens of sustainable markets to create entirely new industries, products, services and supply chains while, in parallel, helping to transition our existing systems.

· Identifying game-changers and barriers to transition. To accelerate, we need to showcase and invest in the game-changing technologies and emerging solutions while eliminating the barriers to progress.

· Reversing perverse subsidies and improving incentives for sustainable alternatives. It is time to level the playing field and to think about how we properly deploy taxes, policies and regulation in a way that catalyses sustainable markets.

· Invest in STEM, innovation and R&D with a focus on sustainable solutions, alternatives and industries. We are on the verge of catalytic breakthroughs that will alter our view of what is possible – and profitable – within the framework of a sustainable future. It is time to invest in solutions.

· Investing in nature as the true engine of our economy. Building conservation and nature-based solutions into our asset base and supply chains can offer significant economic growth opportunities, including in areas such as the circular bioeconomy, ecotourism and green public infrastructure.

· Adopting common metrics and standards.
An increasing number of corporations are adopting environmental, social and governance (ESG) methodologies and highlighting their investments aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals. However, it is time to move to unified metrics and global standards.

· Making the sustainable options the trusted and attainable options for consumers. With consumers controlling an estimated 60% of global GDP, people around the world have the power to drive the transformation to sustainable markets. We must better communicate with consumers about the sustainability of the goods, services and investments we offer.

· Connecting investments to investables using platforms that can rapidly scale solutions.
It is time to align sustainable solutions with funding in a way that can transform the marketplace. This requires not only showcasing high potential investments but also reimagining financial analysis, structuring and models of return.

A high-level cross-industry dialogue will convene 50+ CEOs at Davos, and will be followed by a series of industry and issue-specific roundtables including, but not limited to: aviation; water; carbon capture and storage; shipping; forestry; plastics; financing; digital technology; bioeconomy; nature-based solutions; renewable energy; batteries, storage and electric vehicles; fisheries; integrated healthcare; cement; steel; traceability and labelling; and agriculture. In order to design and create sustainable markets and industries, these roundtables will bring together system innovators, investors and decision makers to start charting the course and committing to tangible actions over the coming year.

With 2020 being seen as the ‘super year’ kick-starting a decade of action, HRH Prince of Wales states, “In order to secure our future and to prosper, we need to evolve our economic model ... to move forward, we need nothing short of a paradigm shift, one that inspires action at revolutionary levels and pace.”

For the full action plan and industry specific examples, see link to the Prince of Wales’ speech.

For the infographic and roundtable calendar, click here.

Sustainable Markets Council

As part of the wider Sustainable Markets Initiative, the Prince of Wales has created a Sustainable Markets Council comprising leaders from the public, private and philanthropic sectors. The council serves as a “brain trust” to build a global movement of leaders working to transition the world to genuinely sustainable markets and a net-zero global economy. For further information and a full list of council members, click here.

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