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.
We push for needed reforms to global economic governance systems, help emerging economies negotiate fair deals, and promote the benefits of sustainable infrastructure and nature-based solutions.
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 trade and investment agreement in the energy sector that has grown into an obstacle to impactful climate and sustainability policies—IISD is leading the way on fundamental reform to accelerate the green transition.
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
An international transparency and capacity-building project aimed at improving strategic planning and sustainable development outcomes related to voluntary sustainable standards.
OECD attempts to solve mining sector's TP problem
The OECD and IGF have opened a public consultation on a framework designed to improve TP regulation in the mining industries of developing countries.
State of Sustainability Initiatives Review: Standards and the Sustainable Development Goals
This report explores the role that voluntary sustainability standards (VSSs) can play in helping governments advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and better track and report on their progress toward achieving them.
Cleaning up the coffee value chain
Coffee is one of the most consumed beverages on the planet, and its popularity is only growing. According to the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), coffee’s global market value hit a whopping $102 billion in 2020, and sales have kept climbing ever since. Analysts project a 4.3% compound annual growth rate between 2021 and 2026.
Länders avhopp från omstritt energiavtal sätter press på Sverige (in Swedish)
Danmark är det senaste EU-landet som drar sig ur Energistadgefördraget, ECT. Avtalet skyddar energiinvesteringar och används för att kräva skadestånd på många miljarder när länder fasar ut olja och kol.
Decentralised renewables—micro/small grids, biomass-powered applications—will be key to energy transition. As India negotiates just energy transition partnerships this year, it must bring decentralised renewables into the talks.
A Guide for Developing Countries on How to Understand and Adapt to the Global Minimum Tax
This guide provides policy-makers in developing countries with a simple framework to understand the global minimum tax, how it may affect them, and how to adapt domestic tax policy in response.
EU-landenes opgør med sorte investorer kan give grønt bagslag (in Danish)
Danmark og andre EU-lande er ved at aflive en central international aftale om beskyttelse af energiinvestorer. Et uheldigt signal, når EU-landene skal finde milliarder af private investeringer til den grønne omstilling, vurderer chefanalytiker. Et nødvendigt skridt i opgøret med fossile investeringer, siger ekspert i bæredygtighed og international ret.
Other related topics
In a circular economy, products are designed, produced, and used to reduce waste and regenerate natural systems.
Sustainable finance has gained considerable traction in recent years, becoming a significant trend in the financial industry.
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.