The Global CEO Alliance (GCEOA), a coalition dedicated to bringing the private sector together to achieve the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and CDP, a global environmental impact nonprofit that drives companies and governments to manage their environmental impacts, announce today that they are partnering to bring the CDP initiative to the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The UAE’s recent efforts for sustainable action — with sustainability at the heart of Dubai Plan 2021 and innovation development projects like Masdar City — create a solid platform for CDP’s mission: to see a thriving global economy that works for people and the planet in the long term. As a strategic business hub and global financial center, Dubai, UAE, is anticipated to give CDP’s initiatives greater impact in the regions connected through the UAE’s extensive trade network.
With a worldwide network of business leaders that stretches from the Americas to the Middle East, the GCEOA is built around strengthened private sector participation in advancing sustainability. With shared information and resources, as well as extensive experience working with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and SDGs, the GCEOA is well positioned to assist CDP in its goal to drive urgent, sustainable action in the Middle East.
"The GCEOA and CDP will work with UAE policymakers and multi-lateral agencies to expand sustainability disclosure"
The GCEOA and CDP will work with UAE policymakers and multi-lateral agencies to expand sustainability disclosure, support regional climate change efforts and promote the value of measuring and reporting on climate strategy and action through CDP’s disclosure platform. They will also work with international entities that have a significant supply chain presence in the UAE, sharing information on how to leverage environmental and climate information to improve supply chain management decisions.
“At CDP, we work to promote a thriving economy that works for both the planet and its people,” said Antigone Theodorou, regional director of CDP’s Asia Pacific, Latin America and partner regions. “Working with the GCEOA to extend CDP’s reach to the UAE provides the opportunity to leverage the UAE as a gateway to large, growing, diversified and open markets and work with more organisations to measure and understand their environmental impact.”
GCEOA founder and Chairman James Donovan noted, “Joining like-minded organisations together to collaborate in an effort to achieve sustainable development is at the core of the GCEOA’s founding principles. CDP provides a solid foundation for organisations that live and thrive within the UAE to measure their impacts, as well as the data to make informed decisions that will drive positive change. We are excited to help bring this platform to the UAE, and for its resulting impact on their economy and the global environment.”