Transform Together is a multi-stakeholder partnership created to support the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with a focus on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12, Responsible Consumption and Production. Transform Together does this by identifying, sharing and advocating - through existing networks and policy processes – the identified scaleable and replicable sustainable consumption and production (SCP) practices.

Implemented in

  • Africa
  • Asia / Pacific
  • Europe and Central Asia
  • Latin America / Caribbean
  • Middle East
  • North America

Led by

Sectors of activity
Consumer Goods, Public Procurement

Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Education & Awareness Raising, Research, Analysis, Assessment

Type of lead actor
Civil society

Start date
12/10/2018

Shared by

Sue Riddlestone

CEO & co-founder

Bioregional

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Objectives

Established in 2016 by Bioregional and the leadership of the Beyond 2015 network at the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), Transform Together is a multi-stakeholder partnership created to support the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with a focus on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 12, Responsible Consumption and Production. Transform Together does this by identifying, sharing and advocating - through existing networks and policy processes – the identified scaleable sustainable consumption and production (SCP) practices.

Transform Together selected consumer goods as its first priority and decided to focus on smartphones, one of the most widely used consumer goods, and established a Working Group on sustainable smartphones and ICT in 2016. The group consists of expert representatives from governments, business, research organisations as well as civil society organisations. Bioregional acts as the convener and the secretariat of the Transform Together partnership and the Working Group.

Activities

As collected through the One Planet Reporting

Outcome level

Coordination on SCP

  • Transform Together - multi-stakeholder partnership promoting scaleable and replicable SCP practices
  • Building a partnership for sustainable ICT and smartphones

Impact and Results

- Currently over 50 experts in the Working Group network mailing list of which around 25 are actively involved in the Working Group activities.
- Several National Governments, such as the Finnish government, the Dutch government and the German government actively supporting the initiative.
- Replicable and scalable solutions for sustainable smartphones collated in the report “Creating sustainable smartphones: Scaling up best practice to achieve SDG 12” published in May 2018 (link available below).
- Identified solutions on sustainable smartphones presented at a side-event at the UN High Level Political Forum for the Sustainable Development on 9 July 2018 reaching 60+ people.
- The procurement-led approach presented at the EcoProcura 2018 conference, reaching 70+people and resulting in growth of the network.

Next steps and how to get involved

The planned activities of the Working Group in 2018-19 include developing a roadmap to achieve the 2030 vision, further developing the inventory of solutions for sustainable ICT and engaging closely with volume ICT purchasers to develop a procurement approach to create market demand for sustainable ICT products.

If you are interested in getting involved, please email to:
Johanna Tilkanen, Coordinator, Transform Together
johanna.tilkanen@bioregional.com