SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities
As of 2015, about 736 million people still lived on less than US$1.90 a day; many lack food, clean drinking water and sanitation. Rapid growth in countries such as China and India has lifted millions out of poverty, but progress has been uneven. Women are more likely to be poor than men because they have less paid work, education, and own less property.
Progress has also been limited in other regions, such as South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, which account for 80 percent of those living in extreme poverty. New threats brought on by climate change, conflict and food insecurity, mean even more work is needed to bring people out of poverty.
The SDGs are a bold commitment to finish what we started, and end poverty in all forms and dimensions by 2030. This involves targeting the most vulnerable, increasing basic resources and services, and supporting communities affected by conflict and climate-related disasters. (UNDP, 2015)
Companies that are achieving this are:
Capitaland (SGX:C31, OTC:CLLDY)
Industry: Real estate development
Headquartered in: Singapore
CapitaLand is committed to
• Transit to low-carbon business and reduce energy consumption through improved energy efficiency and increase use of renewable energy
• Green our global operational portfolio by 2030
• Reduce water consumption, reuse water and prevent water pollution, especially in countries where the availability of clean water and sanitation are of concern
• Actively embrace innovation to ensure commercial viability without compromising the environment for future generations
• Future-proof our developments by addressing the risks of climate change right from the design stage
• Preserve the biodiversity of our sites as well as the wider area where possible
• Build safe, accessible, vibrant and quality real estate developments to enhance the lives of our shoppers, tenants, serviced residence and hotel guests, homeowners and members of the community. Capitaland has managed to achieve a 53.8% reduction in carbon
emissions intensity since 20081, 36 green building ratings for our new development projects and existing buildings
• S$270 million in utilities cost avoidance since 2009, arising from 40.2% and 52.6% energy and water reduction (per m² from base year 2008) respectively
Eli Lilly (NYSE:LLY)
Lilly is committed to minimizing waste to conserve energy, resources and landfill space. It is committed to green chemistry and efficiency, and endeavor to minimize waste at the source, including minimizing the use of hazardous materials that can often become hazardous waste at the end of the manufacturing process. Lilly has been exploring ways to reuse materials from its processes and send waste for recycling when feasible. For the remaining waste, it recovers energy when possible and treat waste to reduce toxicity and volume. Lilly strives to only send waste to landfills as a last resort or when legally required.