A cleaner and more equitable world will deliver real benefits for people and the planet. But everyone is not on a level playing field at the moment. And the pandemic has made things worse.
COVID-19 has shown how corrosive inequality is and how urgently we need to build more sustainable and inclusive economies. No country is immune.
IISD draws on three decades of international expertise to propose economic pathways that set the world on a sustainable trajectory.
Investment Law & Policy
How can we ensure developing economies attract international investment that promotes sustainable development?
Depending on how trade policy is designed and implemented, it can either advance or be a hindrance to sustainable, low-carbon development.
Standards and Value Chains
Voluntary sustainability standards contribute to biodiversity conservation, poverty reduction, and gender equality.
Investment Policy Forum
IISD hosts the annual Investment Policy Forum, the world's only yearly assembly on investment negotiation exclusively for developing economy officials.
Investment Treaty News
IISD publishes Investment Treaty News, a quarterly journal offering news and analysis on the impacts of investment law and policy for sustainable development.
The Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi)
IISD developed the Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) to demonstrate to governments, investors and citizens why sustainable assets can deliver better value for money and more attractive internal rates of return.
The Energy Charter Treaty
The Energy Charter Treaty is a regional investment agreement in the energy sector that has grown into an obstacle to ambitious climate policies. IISD has consistently promoted a coordinated EU withdrawal from the outdated treaty, which the European Commission now has proposed, and is leading the way on creating a sustainable international energy investment landscape in Europe and beyond.
Tax Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) in Mining
Equipping resource-rich developing country governments with the knowledge, skills, and tools to optimize the financial benefits from mining.
State of Sustainability Initiatives
Credible and solution-oriented research, dialogue, and strategic advice for decision-makers about voluntary sustainability standards and other supportive initiatives.
COP28: Energy transition may cut oil-producing states' revenue by 60%
More than 20 countries dependent on oil and gas revenues could see these sources of funds cut in half by the transition to clean energy. Such an outcome could have disastrous consequences for workers and governments in these "petrostates" without international support to help manage the transition away from fossil fuels.
The Proposed Foreign Pollution Fee Act
This analysis delves into the Foreign Pollution Fee Act, expressing concerns about its complexity, excessive discretionary power, and a perceived emphasis on geopolitics over global climate protection.
Parental Leave Policies in the Mining Sector
An in-depth look at international and national parental leave frameworks and policies across 12 countries.
A Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) of the Uchkuduk-Kazakhstan Border Highway, Uzbekistan
This Sustainable Asset Valuation (SAVi) assessment is a comprehensive analysis of the costs and benefits of a proposed highway project in Uzbekistan.
Putting Promises Into Practice: Clean Energy Transition Partnership signatories' progress on implementing clean energy commitments
This report reviews Clean Energy Transition Partnership signatories' progress on their pledge to shift international public finance into clean energy.
How Can We Transform Food Systems to Meet Food, Nutrition, and Climate Needs?
This article outlines three key policy measures that can help governments meet the food and nutritional needs of their people in the context of a changing climate.
Brochure: IISD’s Sustainable Investment Advisory Services
IISD's Sustainable Investment team provides customized training, workshops, and advice to developing countries across the world.
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Government purchasing power should be leveraged towards buying the most sustainable goods, services, and works.
By adopting sustainable practices, companies can gain a competitive edge, increase their market share, and boost shareholder value.