2008년 6월 17일 '서울 선언' 원문
Asian economies are among the fastest-growing in the world, and they are delivering new prosperity to millions of people each year. However, this growth is also contributing to some of the greatest environmental, social and governance challenges the world has faced, including climate change, resource depletion, pollution, deforestation, urbanisation, labour and human rights practices, and more. Alongside these, there are also many opportunities emerging, including the growth of clean technology and renewable energy, the development of more efficient products and processes, and rapidly growing markets for sustainable goods and services.
It is also clear that addressing the challenges is no longer only the domain of policy makers, but is becoming a core part of mainstream business, finance and investment.
Therefore, today in Seoul, representatives from financial institutions, institutional investors, CEOs and senior executives from leading global companies, joined by leaders from politics, academia, civil society and other organizations, have gathered together as part of a worldwide dialogue and learning process around the issues that are truly changing the landscape of the global economy.
Recognising the increasing importance of environmental, social and governance issues to the way business is done in Asia and globally, we the participants call on investors, financiers and companies to:
1) Adopt or further implement policies and measures that are aligned with the goals of the Principles for Responsible Investment, UNEP Finance Initiative and the UN Global Compact.
2) Take into account environmental, social and governance issues in financing, business and investment, as long-term fiduciaries and custodians of capital.
3) Promote dialogue and collaboration among investors, financiers and businesses about how to address the emerging challenges of the Asian region,
4) Put particular emphasis on improving governance structures, increasing the transparency of business and preventing corruption, in order to support investment, increase business confidence and bring long-term stability to the economies of the region.
5) Engage constructively with policy makers on key environmental, social and governance issues so they can put in place the required long-term incentives and certainty to stimulate investment and changes in business processes.
In supporting these steps, we believe we can deliver not only a more prosperous economy, but a more sustainable one, and one that is more closely aligned with the long-term goals of society.