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This overview provides guidance on the concepts of sustainability and corporate responsibility as understood under UK law, including the institutional framework for sustainable development. This guidance is relevant to all SDGs and in particular to SDGs 9, 11, and 12.
This Practice Note from LexisPSL explains when environmental impact assessments (EIA) are required in the UK; the EIA procedure; the relationship between EIA and planning applications; the Rochdale Envelope; challenging an EIA decision and the court’s discretion to quash; EIA for nationally significant infrastructure projects; and upcoming amendments to the EIA process. EIAs advance SDG 11.3 to enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanization and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries.
This Practice Note from LexisPSL considers a number of interesting developments in EU environmental law and policy as it relates to energy efficiency, waste, environmental reporting and chemicals. It also serves to highlight a number of deadlines for relevant implementation and reforms as they relate to companies. These measures will help to advance SDG 7 Energy, SDG 11 Sustainable cities and communities and SDG 12 Sustainable consumption and production.
In the UK, average income growth fell to just 0.7% in the year running up to the general election in June, research from think tank the Resolution Foundation has found. The data illustrates the challenges faced by target SDG 10.1 to progressively achieve and sustain income growth of the bottom 40 per cent of the population at a rate higher than the national average.
Millenials are much more connected and IT savvy than the Baby Boomers
Companies need to adjust their recruitment and retention practices to take into account the culture and needs of the new millennial generation. This is important for advancing SDG 8.6 to substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training.
This Practice Note from LexisPSL explains, for in-house lawyers, section 54 of the UK’s Modern Slavery Act 2015, which contains a requirement for large commercial organisations (total turnover of £36m or more) to publish an annual slavery and human trafficking statement. The process of compliance with the Modern Slavery Act 2015 is a core plank of advancing SDG 8.7 and the taking of immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking.
John Dale left and Derek Burgoyne
Finishing 3,000 dairy-bred beef cattle on waste food while producing green energy and fertiliser as by-products is the sustainable model for one Cambridgeshire farmer and his business partner. This approach helps meet the criteria for SDG 7 of access for all to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy and SDG 12 which promotes responsible consumption and production.
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Research Policy, Volume 46, Issue 5, June 2017, Pages 911-924

This paper looks at the gender gap in research evaluation, using detailed data on 180,000 research papers evaluated during the Italian national research assessment (VQR 2004–2010) conducted by the Agency for the Evaluation of Universities and Research Institutes (Anvur). The most important empirical finding is that there is a significant gender gap in research evaluation. This paper contributes in particular to SDG 5 and 9.
Land Degradation (LD) in socio-environmental systems negatively impacts sustainable development paths. This paper provides an in-depth investigation of changes in biophysical and socioeconomic conditions of agricultural districts over time with the objective to assess local-scale spatial diversification in the degree of land susceptibility to degradation, taken as a proxy of desertification risk, related to SDG 15 (life on land).
All-Energy
All-Energy is the UK’s largest renewable energy event, providing industry suppliers and thought-leaders the opportunity to connect with new customers and expand business networks in this fast-changing marketplace as well as learn about latest technologies and solutions. Presentations from the 2017 event provide invaluable insights into bioenergy, solar, offshore and onshore wind, hydropower and wave & tidal sectors, as well as energy storage, low carbon transport and sustainable cities solutions. This is directly related to SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy.

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