Updates and Information
Rio Monte prepares monthly updates on social development and on impact on people and the environment, related to production of goods and services. We also give reference to information related to our own impact on the environment.
Rio Monte updates guide habits in our daily life and help us to make informed decisions that consider environmental, personal and economic impact.
Many corporations have integrated CSR criteria into their operation and defined targets to improve labour standards, transparency, engagement with communities and environmental impact that takes into account pollution, use of energy, water and other natural resources.
In the future, resources will be scarce and costly so some companies are already introducing energy saving technology. More attention is being paid to recycling, cradle to cradle, circular economy, reuse of material from disposed products, repair and reuse of products.
To achieve balance within the natural ecosystems we need to modify our lifestyle, including what we consume and how products and services are produced. We need innovation and an economic system based on value creation and not on indefinite economic growth.
Measuring Social and Environmental Impact
Social and environmental impact is measured in many ways. Rio Monte analyzes social development and trends from the point of view of people and the environment. When possible we relate that to targets and impact reported by corporations and other sources. We also give reference to other useful sites and reports to provide a comprehensive picture.
Impact should be measured against goals and targets over time. The Millennium Development Goals are the global framework to combat poverty, against which progress and impact is measured. In September 2013 the UN General Assembly met to agree on how to keep the momentum until new goals are formulated. There are specific critical issues and targets that will make a considerable difference, in the coming years.
Poverty and Inequality
There has been remarkable progress in combating poverty. The Millennium Goal1, to halve global poverty is already achieved, but in 2015 there will still be 2,4 billion people living on less than $2 USD a day.
In a just, sustainable world everybody has the right to a decent life. Poverty creates instability and increases the population growth among people who mostly would have preferred to have fewer children.
Many of those who have benefited from improved health and education services over the last 20 to 30 years, have moved into the middle class. OECD estimates that the middle class population will increase from 1.8 billion in 2009, to 4.9billion people in 2030. (See table: middle class).
The population growth in the middle class has stabilized or might even be negative, but the world spending capacity will more than double by 2030. The lifestyle that the rich world has developed is not sustainable, we already use resources as if we had one and a half planet.
We have the capacity to confront these challenges and we have to do it.