NFBPWC's Environment & Sustainable Development (ESD)
We, as humans, cannot survive beyond three minutes without air, three days without water, and three weeks without food. In addition to their availability, their quality is as important, since toxic air, water, and food can be lethal. How we manage our environment is directly related to their quality, and, in turn, our livelihood. Our goal is to support our Members to become stewards of the environment and sustainable development in their communities.
Why are we focused on the environment? As Business and Professional Women, we care deeply about the well-being of the communities in which we live and work. Our members work within their communities to identify the specific environmental issues that affect them, which are often related to social and economic factors. Together, we think through the root causes and inter-dependencies to find tangible solutions. We help connect the overarching threat of the changing climate and increasingly severe disasters to their impacts on our daily lives and what we can do as a group.Why are we focused on sustainable development? Sustainable development promotes economic growth without compromising the ability of the environment to continue to provide the natural resources our economy and society depend on, not only for our current generation but also for those that come after us. The impacts of the rapidly changing climate, erratic weather conditions, and extreme disasters on our economy and livelihoods are increasingly clear. Only with sustainable development that includes local community inputs will we have a chance to ensure the availability and quality of essential resources for everyone to thrive, including the next generation. As women leaders and contributors to our communities, we are committed to leading the charge.
As NFBPWC is a founding member of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women (IFBPW), which holds UN Consultative Status, our initiatives and programs are in support of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).