Today, 11th January. 2021, at the Paris “One Planet Summit”, HRH The Prince of Wales is launching the Terra Carta (https://www.sustainable-marketsorg/TerraCarta_summarium_Jan11th2021.pdf) a 10 point Sustainability Charter intended to harness “the transformative innovation and resources of the private sector”. Like the Harmonious Entrepreneurship Society (https://harmonious-entrepreneurship.org/) the Charter aims to “ bring Prosperity in harmony with Nature, People and Planet”. To do so the supporters of the Terra Carta-
“Commit to supporting and rapidly accelerating the world’s transition towards a sustainable future.
Recognize the urgency of the global climate, biodiversity and health crises and the stewardship with which we must act.
Acknowledge that to build a sustainable future, the transition must focus on a robust, positive and parallel impact for Nature, People & Planet.
Recognize that ensuring the integrity of all ecosystems, on land and below water, requires that climate, oceans, desertification and biodiversity be treated as one common system and addressed simultaneously.
Acknowledge that we need to make health our goal; individual health, community health, economic health and the health of our Natural resources.
Take into account the value of diversity, recognizing that diversity is a strength that gives resilience to communities, systems and organizations.
Recognize the importance of ‘local’ – local traditions, languages and cultures along with local products, jobs and sustainability – and how these ‘locals’ connect and support each other in the wider tapestry of regional and global systems.
Acknowledge that Nature underpins the inherent prosperity, wellbeing and future of all people and the one planet we share. Further, that the restoration of the natural world is of common benefit to all humankind irrespective of borders.
Acknowledge that the required global trajectory is a sustainable one, where the private sector has a critical role to play. To accelerate along this trajectory, a ‘future of industry’ and ‘future of economy’ approach must be taken.
Take into account the need to ensure a skilled workforce and a cadre of leaders that are prepared to participate in a fair, inclusive, equitable and just transition towards a sustainable future.
Recognize that to scale sustainable solutions and investment, cross-border and longer-term ‘mega’ projects need to be explored, underscoring the importance of public, private and philanthropic collaboration.
Acknowledge the need for net zero commitments to be achieved by 2050 and, where possible, much sooner. Setting more ambitious timelines will emphasize and catalyse immediate action while encouraging continuous innovation and improvement.
Undertake to collaborate, share knowledge and ideas to propel the world towards sustainability at a faster pace through public, private and philanthropic collaboration”
While supporting the Charter, the Harmonious Entrepreneurship Society particularly welcomes the need to:-
- Recognise the importance of “local”
- Treat the ecosystem as one common system and address its individual elements simultaneously
- Broaden the definition of sustainability to include Nature, People, Planet, Equality and Prosperity.
Professor David A Kirby Mrs Felicity Healey-Benson
Co-Founders, The Harmonious Entrepreneurship Society