While “ESG” is sometimes conceptually limited to the “E”, and even more specifically to carbon emissions reduction, the concept goes well beyond. The UN Global Compact’s Ten Principles set out a good summary of the typical issues covered. CGIAR is not starting from zero on this ESG journey.
Four CGIAR Centers have signed the UN Global Compact (IWMI, IFPRI, ILRI, IRRI ) several CGIAR centers have started taking active measures to reduce their carbon footprints.
The incredible work of CGIAR’s GDI function, the newly adopted CGIAR-wide ethics policies, participation of our board members in various training modules are all examples of ESG initiatives undertaken by CGIAR.
“ESG is not just a box-ticking exercise, it is a critical lens through which we must view all of our research and innovation efforts at CGIAR. By prioritizing Environmental, Social, and Governance considerations, we can ensure that our mission to transform food, land, and water systems is both sustainable and equitable, and that we are doing our part to address the urgent challenges of the climate crisis.”