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Statement to address the inter-linkages between land and sea in Swedish business core operations
by Sida - Swedish Leadership for Sustainable Development (Partnership)
Swedish Leadership for Sustainable Development is a network taking leadership and pursuing sustainable development. The network consists of 26 multinational and leading Swedish companies, three expert organisations, a Development Finance Institution (Swedfund) and the Swedish Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), which is also a facilitator. Together the members work to contribute to the SDGs and demonstrate leadership for sustainable global development by integrating social, environmental and economic sustainability into their business models and core operations. In 2015 the members embraced a Joint Commitment and pledged to focus efforts on three main areas: Systematically reducing environmental impact and increasing efficient resource use (SDG 12), creating decent jobs and development opportunities, along the supply chain (SDG 8), and fighting corruption and unethical business practices in the countries of operation (SDG 16). In addition, the promotion of gender equality (SDG 5) in all operations is considered key.

The network is a platform where experiences are shared, partnerships initiated and members pursue advocacy and representation in the global dialogue, in order to highlight the role of the private sector in sustainable development. The network is an important forum for issues of sustainable development, as well as a breeding ground for innovative collaborations.

The majority of the network members, through the voluntary statement commit to address the interlinkages between their core operations on land with the sea and, in doing so, systematically minimizing the negative environmental impact related to SDG 14. The statement represents the fundamental role of the private sector for achieving the Global Goals.

Progress reports
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
May 2017
Majority of network members sign statement
May 2018
Follow up
Other, please specify
Each signatory is responsible for their own follow-up and for committing resources.
Basic information
Time-frame: May 2017 - May 2018
ABB (Private sector) AstraZeneca (Private sector) Elekta (Private sector) Ericsson (Private sector) Fretagarna (Private sector) KF (Private sector) H&M (Private sector) ICA (Private sector) Lindex (Private sector) Lfbergs (Private sector) Ratos (Private sector) Stockholm Environment Institute (Non-governmental organization) Sida (Government) Stockholm International Water Institute (Non-governmental organization) SPP (Private sector) Stockholm Resilience Centre (Academic institution) SSAB (Private sector) Swedfund (Government) Systembolaget (Private sector) Tele2 (Private sector) Telia (Private sector) Tetra Laval (Private sector) Unilever (Private sector)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Suzanne Krook, Project Manager, sleaders@sida.se, +4686985147
Stockholm, Sweden
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