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Clifford Chance signs UNGC letter to UK PM Prime Minister Boris Johnson to use the SDGs to create a socially just and green recovery from Covid-19 in the UK

9 June 2020

Clifford Chance signs UNGC letter to UK PM Prime Minister Boris Johnson to use the SDGs to create a socially just and green recovery from Covid-19 in the UK

Today Clifford Chance joins more than 150 leaders from public life, business and civil society organisations in calling on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to use the SDGs to create a socially just and green recovery from Covid-19 in the UK.

Sent today (9 June), the letter references a statement made by Boris Johnson at the Financing for Development event on 28 May where he called for "fairer, greener and more resilient global economy" after Covid-19. He said that we must "work together to get shared goals back on track including [...] the Sustainable Development Goals."

The letter supports this and states "we do not need to reinvent frameworks or agreements, we can instead use the global goals as the basis for a socially just and green recovery in the UK and abroad." 

Coordinated by the UN Global Compact Network UK and UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD), the letter also recommends that the SDGs are used to:

1. Prioritise the most vulnerable in our society and level-up regional and societal inequalities;

2. Build coherent policies for a healthy planet and to aid the transition to net zero;

3. Unite all sectors behind a plan to build a stronger and more resilient economy.

Our commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals shapes our strategic approach as a Responsible Business. As a signatory of the UN Global Compact, we are committed to aligning to our operational strategies with universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. During these exceptional times, our commitment to principles-based business remains as important as ever before.

Read the letter in full.