SusCon 2012 receives widespread support

Munich, March 28th, 2012: Preparation of SusCon – the 3rd International Conference on Sustainable Business and Consumption – makes fantastic progress. True to their motto “Cooperation is the future of sustainable business”, the SusCon organizing team reports that there is an expanding network of supporting organizations, each of them a trend-setter in the development of a greener economy.

Several prestigious organizations, such as CSCP – UNEP/Wuppertal Institute Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production, Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC), the Rainforest Alliance, and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), have joined the conference network. These collaborators will be working alongside Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Committee on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). In addition, even at this early stage SusCon 2012 has already been well received within the business sector, as demonstrated by the generous support it has received from Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG) and Deutsche Post DHL.

Following on from a very productive collaboration in 2010 CSCP – UNEP/Wuppertal Institute Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production has again joined SusCon as the co-organizer. CSCP is an internationally active think-tank and “do-tank” for research, outreach and transfer activities in Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP). One of its priority targets is to change individual and institutional patterns of consumption. This is one of the key topics to be discussed at SusCon 2012.

In addition, SusCon is supported by a strong network of Partners, Supporters and Sponsors. First among these are the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC), the Rainforest Alliance and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM). These non-governmental, not-for-profit organizations are each dealing with a different key activity: FSC is promoting responsible forest management and the Rainforest Alliance is focussing on conserving biodiversity. Both are leading organizations in their fields committed to creating standard systems that give business, governments and consumers the ability to choose goods and services that have been ethically sourced; but most of all the two organizations work to protect the environment.

Since 1972 IFOAM has occupied the unchallenged position as the only international umbrella organization of the organic world. It recently launched the Sustainable Organic Agriculture Action Network (SOAAN) to strengthen the lead of organic systems in sustainable agriculture.

Together, FSC, Rainforest Alliance and IFOAM, will contribute their extensive networks and specific knowledge to making SusCon 2012 a success.

SusCon 2012 has already been well received by influential international organizations. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Committee on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are all committed to supporting SusCon.

These UN organizations advocate fostering a north-south dialogue, a key element to achieving a greener economy which will be addressed at SusCon 2012.

The SusCon organizing team is proud of the support already received and is looking forward to further expanding the SusCon supporters’ network.

SusCon 2012 – International Conference on Sustainable Business and Consumption – will bring together businesses with relevant stakeholders from government and UN organizations, and NGOs. It will take place in the UN city of Bonn, in Germany on November 27-28, 2012. The conference theme “Green Economy – from intention to action”, will emphasize the importance of business and what, in practice, constitutes a “green economy”. Up to 400 participants are expected. The previous meeting, SusCon 2010, gathered together 300 business, political, NGO and media representatives from 28 countries. For more information, please visit www.suscon.net.

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Contact for press and media:

Mildred Steidle, Organic Services: +49 (0)89-82075908 or +49 151 46748807;

m.steidle@organic-services.com

SusCon organisers:

Udo Censkowsky, Organic Services: +49 (0)89-82075902; u.censkowsky@organic-services.com

Bernward Geier, COLABORA: +49 (0)2245-618652; b.geier@colabora-together.de

Fritz Lietsch, forum Nachhaltig Wirtschaften: +49 (0)89-7466141; f.lietsch@forum-csr.net

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