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Environment and Climate Change

Environmental and climate change have become issues with a direct effect on business. The three dimensions of sustainable development - economic, environmental and social - are inextricably linked and policy actions in one of these areas are bound to have impacts on the others.

Within the climate change agenda, Governments and international governance organisations are developing policies and measures to make the transition to low carbon economies, and to meet international commitments to emission reduction targets.

In this regard, the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) held in Paris in 2015 was decisive, the main target being to limit global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees celsius. Reaching this target and others set by COP 21 will not only affect enterprises of all sizes and sectors, but will also provide new business and employment opportunities:

  • Firstly for those industries and enterprises that either contract, adapt or emerge as a consequence of these policies and measures
  • Secondly for those industries and enterprises where there will be changes in business costs and/or consumer sentiment.

The IOE focuses on the employment and social dimensions of the changes and advocates that policy developments must anticipate and incorporate these influences over business and market behaviour.

The IOE is committed to monitoring and influencing the employment and social policy dimensions of sustainable development, environment and climate change to:

  • inform members about the developments
  • help analyse the implications for enterprises
  • provide an effective employer advocate in international forums