Inequalities and
sustainable economy

What’s the issue?

The gap between the richest and poorest people and countries continues to rise, both in terms of wealth and income. Socially constructed norms continue to privilege certain groups over others, who are more marginalised.

But inequalities come in different shapes and can strengthen one another.

People and countries across the globe have unequal access to political decision-making, further driving discrimination and shrinking civil society space.

In this context, digitalization can be both, an enabler for equal and inclusive societies, or reinforce inequalities.

Economic approaches pursuing GDP growth at any cost further exacerbate inequalities and deplete limited natural resources, while profit-driven businesses fail to address environmental and human rights abuses in their supply chains.

The consequences of climate change and people’s access to natural resources are also unevenly distributed across the globe. 

Change we want to see

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Equal societies

Narrower gap between both richest and poorest countries and people.

Wellbeing prioritised

Countries use indicators of progress which focus on wellbeing, not just GDP.

PLANET FIRST

All EU policies respect planetary boundaries.

sustainable businesses

Private sector is committed to sustainable and inclusive business models and supply chains.

What we want the EU to do

Tackling inequalities should be a top priority for the EU and Member States. International cooperation should support social dialogue, decent working conditions, women’s rights, and life-cycle based universal social protection, but also sustainable, responsible and inclusive business models in partner countries.

We need a regulatory environment where all businesses must exercise due diligence to address environmental and human rights abuses in corporate supply chains.

An inspiring conversation about inequalities and how systematic change can tackle them.

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Borja Arrue

Borja Arrue

Senior Policy & Advocacy Adviser

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Phone: +32 (0) 2 743 87 76

Salomé Guibreteau

Salomé Guibreteau

Policy & Advocacy Adviser

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Phone: +32 (0) 2 743 87 63