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 countries attract the sort of 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.
Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators
The Annual Forum of Developing Country Investment Negotiators is the only global platform for government officials exclusively from developing and emerging economies to share experiences and lessons learned from investment negotiations.
Investment Treaty News
Investment Treaty News (ITN) has offered news, analysis and opinions on international investment law and its implications for sustainable development. The service began as a list-serve where information and views were shared among members, before becoming an electronic newsletter produced by a small editorial team.
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
IISD has been actively engaging with governments, civil society, academia, legal experts, and other stakeholders in how to address the many difficulties posted by the Energy Charter Treaty.
Base Erosion and Profit Shifting in Mining
Equipping resource-rich developing country governments with the knowledge, skills, and tools to build and administer robust mining tax systems.
State of Sustainability Initiatives
An international transparency and capacity-building project aimed at improving strategic planning and sustainable development outcomes related to voluntary sustainable standards.
Coping with COVID-19: Certification supports farmer resilience
This policy brief presents findings from primary research investigating how voluntary sustainability standards can help smallholder farmers be more resilient during crises.
Nordic Environmental Fiscal Reform
Nordic countries have successfully used environmental fiscal reform (subsidies, taxation and spending) as an economic recovery tool to boost revenues, economic growth and employment while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.
Building Momentum for a Just Transition in Canada
This report examines how civil society groups in Canada can align their work to achieve just transition goals.
Are Indian companies on track to achieve SDG 8?
Responsible business conduct and ensuring respect for human rights will not only help to deliver the SDGs, but can also bring benefits for companies.
Power by All: Alternatives to a privately owned future for renewable energy in South Africa
This report explores new models for renewable energy development that create a greater role for public and community ownership in South Africa.
Global Digital Tax Reforms and Mining: The issue of temporary timing differences
This report looks at how the OECD-led global digital tax reforms, specifically temporary timing differences, could affect mining countries.
How Can Voluntary Sustainability Standards Drive Sustainability in Public Procurement and Trade Policy?
The growing use of sustainability standards in public policies is a promising trend, so long as small-scale farmers and businesses are not left behind.
Other related topics
In a circular economy, products are designed, produced, and used to reduce waste and regenerate natural systems.
The green economy can drive future economic growth and help address climate change.
Infrastructure is the backbone of sustainable development and a powerful driver of economic activity.
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.