Daily Archives: 28. January 2019


Why Shit Matters - TED TALK

3 billion people worldwide live in cities without sewers or wastewater treatment plant infrastructure. This forces them to dump their waste into open waters, contaminating the drinking water for others downstream. Imagine if we could harness nutrients in wastewater instead of harming human and environmental health. Christoph Lüthi from Eawag sees a renewable, locally produced and growing resource where others see only human waste. Watch his talk to learn why shit matters!

New Entrepreneurial Committee for Responsible Business

New Entrepreneurial Committee for Responsible Business

Launched on 26 November 2018, The “Economic Committee for Responsible Business” already has over 100 supporters from the Swiss private sector – and is open to new members.

The Economic Committee for Responsible Business stands for the correct treatment of people and the environment and is committed to the Responsible Business Initiative. The over 100 supporters from the Swiss private sector are convinced that social, environmental and economic responsibility are indispensable for sustainable growth and the excellent reputation of Switzerland as a business location. “By anchoring the legal foundations of the Responsible Business Initiative and holding guilty corporations to account, we will be creating a level playing field for everyone,” said Dietrich Pestalozzi, Co-President of the Committee, at the launching event in Zurich. Among the supporters of the committee are leaders of numerous internationally active Swiss companies from many different sectors. They all recognize: Compliance with human rights and international environmental standards serves everyone and helps to strengthen the Swiss economy. Whether as a supplier or in the business-to-consumer business – minimum standards in the area of human rights and environmental compatibility are increasingly becoming the norm. Go here to learn more about the various ways in which the committee can be supported.

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Neues «Wirtschaftskomitee für verantwortungsvolle Unternehmen»

Mit einem öffentlichen Anlass im Landesmuseum Zürich wurde am 26. November 2018 das «Wirtschaftskomitee für verantwortungsvolle Unternehmen» offiziell lanciert. Das Komitee zählt bereits über 100 Unterstützerinnen und Unterstützer aus der Schweizer Privatwirtschaft – und ist offen für neue Mitglieder.

Das Wirtschaftskomitee für verantwortungsvolle Unternehmen steht für einen korrekten Umgang mit Mensch und Umwelt. Mit bereits über 100 Unterstützerinnen und Unterstützer aus der Schweizer Privatwirtschaft setzt es sich für die Konzernverantwortungsinitiative ein. Für die selbst unternehmerisch tätigen Persönlichkeiten im Komitee ist klar: Soziale, umweltgerechte und wirtschaftliche Verantwortung sind unabdingbar für ein nachhaltiges Wachstum und den ausgezeichneten Ruf des Wirtschaftsstandortes Schweiz. «Indem die Konzernverantwortungsinitiative rechtliche Grundlagen verankert, um fehlbare Konzerne zur Rechenschaft zu ziehen, werden gleich lange Spiesse für alle geschaffen», sagte Dietrich Pestalozzi, Co-Präsident des Komitees, anlässlich der Gründungsversammlung in Zürich. Zu den Unterstützerinnen und Unterstützern gehören Führungspersönlichkeiten zahlreicher international tätiger Schweizer Firmen aus den verschiedensten Sektoren. Sie alle haben erkannt: Die Einhaltung der Menschenrechte und internationalen Umweltstandards dient allen und stärkt auch die Schweizer Wirtschaft. Denn ob als Zulieferfirma oder im «Business-to-consumer»-Geschäft – Mindeststandards im Bereich Menschenrechte und Umweltverträglichkeit werden immer mehr zur Norm. Informieren Sie sich hier über die verschiedenen Möglichkeiten, das Komitee zu unterstützen.

Swiss Youth and Future Prize

SDC and SECO sponsor initiatives run by committed young people!

Are you under 35? Are you actively involved in sustainable development in an international development cooperation country?SDC and SECO are looking for innovative projects, initiatives and ideas for projects run by young Swiss people that can help advance sustainable development and fight poverty in developing and transition countries.

All projects will be presented to a specialised jury for assessment. The five best projects will be awarded prizes on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Think globally, act locally: CHF 10,000
    Your project is based on global thinking while having an impact at the local level that promotes existing structures in our project countries.Start-up or project idea: CHF 8,000
    An active start-up has emerged from your project
  • Youth project: CHF 6,000
    You are not yet 20 and have an innovative project? This is a prize for younger participants.
  • Community prize: CHF 4,000
    Your project has won the hearts of the community if it wins the online vote.
  • Surprise prize:  Amount dependent on the project
    Your project does not fit into any of the above categories, but is so fascinating that it nevertheless merits our support! Or your project is not yet complete but your idea is so interesting that it must be followed up in any case.

The prizes will be awarded at the Annual Swiss Development Cooperation Conference on 21 June 2019 in the Forum Fribourg, organized by SDC and SECO. All participants are invited to present their projects in the exhibition area of the conference centre.

Deadline for submissions: 31 March 2019

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