Call for Participation – OECD and GOLDEN Exploring Ways to Cooperate

In an internal workshop at the OECD headquarters in Paris at the end of September the potential for cooperative actions between OECD and GOLDEN was discussed. Ultimately three areas were identified where GOLDEN expertise could be particularly useful:

1. Building Resiliency Through Greater Adaptability To Long-Term Challenges

This project aims to explore how communities can best tackle long-term challenges like the transition to a green economy and the emergence of demographic changes. The overall goal will be to provide recommendations on how flexibility of local policies can be enhanced to enable collaboration of the local actors to build resilience in different economic and geographical contexts.

Areas to be addressed in this project will be the adaptability of local employment and training systems to build resilience, the development of sector specific responses to long term labor market challenges and local strategies to reinforce productivity in “shrinking” areas.

The project could offer opportunities to run pilot studies in the logic of GOLDEN’s field experimental designs with rigorous randomized controlled trials to test the relative effectiveness of different learning approaches to the problem of raising the resilience skills of individuals, especially in relation to the transition towards sustainable organizations and (local) economies.

2. Project proposals in the context of environmental sustainability in 2017

The preparation process for projects in the area of Environmental Sustainability directly funded by OECD for 2017 has started. This offers the opportunity to develop project suggestions in the environmental context. Project proposals from the GOLDEN group focusing on specific aspects of innovation can be discussed with the Environment Directorate or the Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation.  Since a substantial amount of experience in the energy sector is represented in GOLDEN through prior projects, suggestions could be focused in that area. Ideas focusing on other areas of environmental sustainability are of course more than welcome.

3. Research support for the OECD guidelines group

The OECD guidelines group has the specific task to develop sustainability standards and recommendations in cooperation with governments and businesses (e.g. Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises).  Research in this context could focus on how the introduction of standards can stimulate and initiate a learning process that would turn into experimentation and innovation in organizations geared towards sustainable business and enterprise models.

We invite all members of the GOLDEN network to send expressions of interest for the participation in the development of projects in any of the three areas above to Frank Brueck. We will organize meetings for each of the three potential project areas in the coming weeks.

GOLDEN Cooperating with UNEP

UNEP has invited GOLDEN to develop a position paper aimed at positioning its Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production Network (RECP net) within the new 2030 Development Agenda recently launched by the UN. An introductory presentation of the pillars of the 2030 development Agenda was given by GOLDEN at the yearly RECPnet meeting in Davos. That was also the occasion to start interviewing a sample of RECPnet members to hear what their position on the SDGs is and how they envisage future challenges deriving from the 2030 Agenda. A further focus of this work will be to explain the opportunities for cooperation with all kinds of stakeholders provided by the new agenda. This includes an assessment on which goals have the most immediate effects for the private sector. Ultimately the paper should help to position the RECP network members within the new agenda and to allow an alignment of the RECP net activities with the SDGs, COP21 and other global multi-stakeholder processes.

GOLDEN’s contribution in this project is lead by Nicoletta Ferro. For any questions in this context please contact her directly at Nicoletta Ferro.

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