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Toolkit: Exploring responsible business

Where will your business be in 10, 20 or even 50 years? What impact will issues of human rights, corruption or the environment have on your local, or global business?

Ursula Hartenberger, Global Head of Sustainability , RICS
26 September 2017

RICS has been working with the United Nations Global Compact on identifying the most critical issues facing companies with a stake in land, real estate and construction. The aim is to make responsible business the status quo and encourage companies to think holistically about the environmental and social impact of their business activities, and strategic investment decisions.

‘Advancing Responsible Business Practices in Land, Construction, Real Estate Use and Investment’ (download available on the right hand side of this page) is the product of a two year collaboration between RICS and the United Nations Global Compact. Together we identified 15 key issues and 15 actions that are tied to the Ten Principles of the Global Compact - in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption -  and created a ‘responsible business’ roadmap for our sector and its users. 

We have consulted with companies large, and small, across the sector and across the world. This resource takes a holistic approach in terms of both its scope and its target users. The key areas of the UN Global Compact, and the action items are of universal relevance for decision makers within every company.

A more equitable future is within reach. First, we must harness the enormous potential of the 21st century’s people, places and spaces. #WBEF