Huge progress on the worlds poverty, slums and water problems
FOSS partners with the UN, Danida (Danish International Development Agency) and more than 80 aid organizations in the World’s Best News campaign. The good news is that the developing countries are making huge progress.
As a company with global operations and with 98 % of our turnover outside Denmark, we understand that our responsibilities stretch beyond national boundaries. That is why in March 2012 we joined the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative. Part of the UN Global Compact commitment also requires us to advance broader objectives such as the Millennium Development goals by engaging in partnerships with other players in society.
Three important targets on poverty, slums and water have already been met but more needs to be done to attain the remaining goals by 2015.
The positive news
The World Bank now predicts that two out of three developing countries will meet the UN’s ambitious Millenium Development Goals. Poverty has already been cut by half and over the years there has been series of other important improvements.
- 700 million fewer people will be suffering extreme poverty in 2015 than in 1990
- The proportion of people without access to improved sources of drinking water has been halved
- The share of urban residents in the developing world living in slums has declined from 39 % from 2000 to 33 % in 2012
- More than 200 million have gained access to either improved water sources, improved sanitation facilities or less crowded housing
In march we joined the UN global compact – a globally recognized framework for working with corporate social responsibility, we joined over 8,000 participants in embracing a set of core values in the areas of human and labour rights, the environment and anticorruption in our own operations and within our sphere of influence. Collaborating with partners and stakeholders is integral part of our work with CSR and we are proud to be part of this positive initiative.