Vertica: RioPlus Sustainability Statement

As a strategic advisory firm dedicated to nurturing business links between Latin America, emerging markets and the western world, Vertica proudly supports the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

We aim to be in the front rank of developing a strong and growing industry with energy efficient technologies and sustainable business solutions. We do this by facilitating the transfer of environmentally sound know-how between industrialised nations and emerging markets drawing on advances in science and technology to protect human health and the environment.

In that regard, Vertica endevours to support companies committed to enhance their environmental performance through the adoption of business best practices and the replacement of old and inefficient technology with the best the world has to offer.

It is widely acknowledged that within two decades, human demand for water will exceed foreseen supply by about 40 per cent, while global food production will need to increase by 70 per cent to feed a growing population. Meanwhile, 1.6 billion people – a quarter of humanity – live without electricity.

By 2030, the world’s population is expected to require 50 percent more food, 45 percent more energy and 30 percent more water. Each day 50 to 100 species of animals and plants are driven extinct by human influences.

Sustainable development challenges are enormous and require contributions from all stakeholders, governments and business. Sustainable development in a world facing climate change can only be realised if coordinated action is taken to safeguard biodiversity and manage all land sustainably. Capacity building for the implementation of climate change adaptation measures is also essential, particularly in the most vulnerable developing countries.

We believe that business has a pivotal role in contributing to these efforts. Vertica is striving to develop business links and solutions combining environmental and economic operational excellence to deliver goods and services with low environmental impacts.

Therefore, we hope that the Rio+20 UN Conference once again sends a strong signal and a common message to all stakeholders around the world on the need for synergistic implementation of UN conventions and securing renewed political commitment to a green economy that fosters sustainable development with new institutional arrangements.

We look forward to meeting and cooperating with likeminded individuals and organisations that share our commitment to a green and sustainable business agenda.

We wish all parties involved a successful gathering, and congratulate the conference organisers for putting together an outstanding programme.

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