40% of the world population suffers from land degradation. We need urgent action to protect biodiversity and land productivity, and limit the loss of species. Since 2000 we have increased protection for forests and terrestrial ecosystems but more is needed, especially because biodiversity loss is an irreversible process. How can we scale up our efforts to sustainably manage life on land?
Malu Boerwinkel (MSc Global Business and Sustainability 2019) points out that because plants contribute to 80 per cent of the human diet, protecting the capacity to grow food is crucial for human survival. So what needs to change?
Shared resources aren’t working. There’s too much self-interest for the common good of all users, explains Dr Frank Wijen of RSM. It has consequences for the shared natural environment. How can product certifications help?
Marcello Palazzi is global ambassador for the B Corp movement. His organisation brings together more than 10,000 corporations around the world to make purpose and profit work together for the benefit of people and planet. Here, he explains the strategy and relevance of the B Corp movement to SDG 15.
RSM intends to incorporate these videos, complemented with assignments and teaching cases, as learning modules into its programmes.
Want to start applying your knowledge? Here are easy tips related to SDG 15:
- Eat seasonal, it tastes better, it’s cheaper and it’s more environmentally friendly.
- Bring your own bag when you shop. Pass on the plastic bag and start carrying your own reusable totes.
- Reduce your meat consumption, start with one day a week.
Want to do more? Here are the Good Life Goals.
You might also be interested in:
- Business and the Sustainable Development Goals – a framework for effective corporate involvement, a short book by Prof. Rob van Tulder.
- Developing education for integrated landscape management, the European Network for the Advancement of Business and Landscape Education (ENABLE) is based on sustainable business models that deliver multiple values.
- Why do so many companies still shy away from major sustainable change? RSM students aim to find out one research question at a time.