2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

A UN resolution made in September 2015 adopting a plan of action for people, planet and prosperity in a new global development framework anchored in 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Abatement

The action of abating or being abated; ending, reducing or subsiding.

Activity

In an ESG context, an action or task performed in support of a specific impact objective.

Additionality

The additional value or outcome contributed by an intervention.

Anthropocentric

Made by people or resulting from human activities; the belief that humans are the central or most significant entities in the world.

Armchair activist

An activist who engages in ineffective forms of activism.

Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate

A partnership that brings together Australia, Canada, China, India, Japan, South Korea and the United States to address the challenges of climate change, energy security and air pollution in a way that encourages economic development and reduces poverty.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

A neurodevelopmental disorder characterised by excessive amounts of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that are pervasive, impairing in multiple contexts, and otherwise age-inappropriate.

Biology

A branch of science that deals with living organisms and their vital processes.

Biomass

Organic material, usually plant-based, used as fuel to produce heat or electricity.

Biotechnology

Techniques that use living organisms or parts of organisms to produce a variety of products; to enhance plants or animals; to develop microorganisms for specific uses.

Build Back Better

A term initiated by the OECD and adopted by several governments to describe initiatives aimed at recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Climate

Average weather.

Climate services

Information and products that enhance users’ knowledge and understanding about the impacts of climate change and/or climate variability to aid the decision-making of individuals and organisations and enable preparedness and early climate change action.

Co-benefit

Also known as ‘ancillary benefits’, the benefits of policies implemented for various reasons at the same time.

Co-production

In a Social Impact context, citizens and professionals sharing power to design, deliver and evaluate better social services.

Context-based sustainability

An approach to corporate sustainability management that takes into account social, economic, and environmental thresholds and contextually relevant factors in the measurement, management, or reporting of an organisation’s sustainability performance.

COP

See Conference of the Parties (COP)

Coping capacity

The ability of people, institutions, organisations and systems to address, manage, and overcome adverse conditions in the short to medium term.

Corporate engagement / Employee engagement

The process of boosting employee engagement by making corporate responsibility and sustainability a priority.

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