What is it?
Doing More with Less. With the global population set to soar to 9 billion by 2045, demand for resources will far exceed supply and growth will be harder to find. Smart Growth is about optimising resource use, helping create an 'enabling environment' and thinking innovatively.
The role of business?
Technical innovation, efficient use of resources and the creation of a supportive regulatory environment.
IBLF's programmes in this area:
Business Standards in High Growth Markets
Corruption costs the global economy a staggering $1 trillion per annum – this is a hugely inefficient use of wealth. IBLF conducts in-country initiatives in Russia, China and India, providing a regular forum for business leaders and senior executives to exchange best practice on improving corporate governance and reducing corruption - both within their own companies and the countries in which they operate. This takes the form of CEO and board level meetings, roundtables for Board-level executives, practical tools such as best-in-class materials collated online in local languages, collective action projects between companies and programmes for young leaders.
International Tourism Partnership (ITP)
A programme of IBLF, ITP brings together leading companies in the hospitality industry to take collective action on environmental and social responsibility issues. It provides the hospitality industry with practical sustainability tools, unique publications, industry news and a non- competitive platform to develop best practice. Members of ITP participate in thematic working groups, develop policy and actively implement programmes. For example, current working groups are addressing issues such as the industry’s responsibilities with regard to human trafficking, and the need for a consistent methodology for measuring and communicating carbon impact at an individual property level. Visit the official ITP website here.
The UN Global Compact UK Network
IBLF is the Secretariat for the UNGC’s UK Network, the UK focal point for signatories of this voluntary corporate citizenship initiative. The Network aims to further the Global Compact’s 10 principles that cover human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. It serves members through regular meetings to share best practice and working groups that are active in areas such as reporting, small and medium-sized enterprises, communications, and liaison with other networks. Visit the official UNGC UK Network site here.
"This new emphasis on the quality rather than the quantity of growth will require nothing less than a radical new way of thinking and behaving
Mark Foster, Chairman of IBLF (Former Group CEO, Accenture)