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Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions Reduced Inequalities SDGs

How Tech Can Support Better Access to Legal Services

Technology in legal design utilizes all kinds of technology to solve legal problems and facilitate work in the legal domain. Creating access and easily understandable legislation through tech can minimize many issues that currently stand. But how can we translate the complex legal language to everyday language? Why is there a need for technology in […]

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Decent Work and Economic Growth Gender Equality Good Health and Well-being Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure No Poverty Partnerships for the Goals Reduced Inequalities Responsible Consumption and Production

Taste the Change – the role of human rights in the business sector

This year constitutes the 10th anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The principles are “a set of guidelines for States and companies to prevent and address human rights abuses committed in business operations”1. Since the release of the principles in 2011, businesses have increasingly started to accept and adopt their […]

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Affordable and Clean Energy Clean Water and Sanitation Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Life Below Water Reduced Inequalities

Tensions of Sustainable Water Governance

Sustainable water governance is expected to solve problems related to water scarcity, hydro-electricity and water contamination, to name a few. How do we understand sustainability in relation to water governance? Why do many water interventions labelled as “sustainable” produce highly contradictory results? In this episode, Mira Käkönen talks about how dams are marketed as multi-purpose, […]

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Climate Action Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Responsible Consumption and Production

We have an e-waste problem – How can smartphone refurbishing help?

Home appliances, communications and information technology devices, home entertainment devices…you name it. Electronic or e-waste is the fastest growing waste stream globally. In 2019, a record of 53.6 million metric tons of globally generated e-waste was reported. Electronic devices contain an extensive list of precious metals as well as harmful chemicals; if no product recovery procedures are […]

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Gender Equality Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Reduced Inequalities

Fostering Diversity and Inclusion in Digital Games Industry

Digital games industry has become the largest entertainment industry in the world and gaming careers are portrayed as a lucrative option for passionate game enthusiasts. However, there has been continued public turmoil regarding the discriminatory and non-inclusive aspects of the industry. We have seen multiple waves of public revelations as employees of major game studios […]

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Affordable and Clean Energy Climate Action Decent Work and Economic Growth Good Health and Well-being Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Partnerships for the Goals Responsible Consumption and Production

Navigating the Jungle – What to Consider when Investing Sustainably?

In the past years there has been a global boom to invest sustainably, both in the private and institutional sectors. Sustainable investing provides an opportunity to invest by considering environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) factors. According to Bloomberg-Green1, solely in 2020 the investment in ESG oriented funds in Europe topped 1,12 trillion euros (approximately US$1,4 trillion). Huge right?  What then motivates to invest sustainably? Based on recent reports and articles (such […]

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Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Lean Thinking in Justice

Although, access to justice is a fundamental rule of law1 and is protected under various conventions on human rights, in reality there are lot of delays and issues with the overall judicial processes around the world. And we all know that justice delayed is justice denied! So, can anything be done differently? This is where […]

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Climate Action Good Health and Well-being Life Below Water Life on Land Responsible Consumption and Production

Cosmetic world: Sustainability in Beauty, Beauty in Sustainability

Unethical animal testing methods, business practices in the chemical industry and natural ingredients sourcing are just a few of the practices that exist within the cosmetics industry with unsustainable tendencies1. Microplastics and chemicals from cosmetics products and their packaging have also been found to have negative impact on both life in water and on land. But the cosmetics industry and unsustainable practices does not have to go hand […]

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Climate Action Decent Work and Economic Growth Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Partnerships for the Goals Responsible Consumption and Production Sustainable Cities and Communities

Textile Reuse And Recycling in Finland. What, When, How?

Did you know we could soon sort used textiles along with the normal waste in Finland? Subsequent to the EU waste directive mandating the member states to establish a separate collection of used textiles by the year 2025, Finland is aiming to start textile collection already by the year 2023 What does this mean and how will it happen?  To reach this goal, Finland will have to develop a network of local textile collectors […]

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Decent Work and Economic Growth Gender Equality Good Health and Well-being Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Reduced Inequalities Responsible Consumption and Production

Should the art(s) be considered in the discourse on sustainability?

Nowadays sustainability is part of our everyday life. We are more aware of the environmental capacity to maintain natural resources, as we try to adjust our lifestyle according to it. Likewise, sustainability is also impacting the work of artist across the world, raising the question what does art to do with sustainability? and how can art in its various forms contribute […]