On the 16th January 2016 UKSSD coordinated an open letter to the Prime Minister which was published in The Times. Over 80 major businesses united to call on the Government to demonstrate its commitment to delivering the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the UK and overseas.

The letter received a lot of attention both on social media and in the press and you can see a snapshot of the online reaction on our Storify.

The Department for International Development responded to the letter directly via The Independent

The Prime Minister responded to the letter in writing on the 17th February. In her reply the PM acknowledges that all government departments have a responsibility to deliver the SDGs. In particular, there’s a recognition that all departments should “engage with businesses and stakeholders” to achieve this.

Theresa May also highlights in her reply the critical work of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for measuring our progress towards the goals and targets.

Dominic White, co-chair of UKSSD, responded to the PM's letter in this blog.

Open Letter

The 84 signatories of the letter are:

Abundance, Account 3, AkzoNobel, Alpro, Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association’s (ADBA), Anglian Water, Article 13, Aviva, BAM, Bioregional, B Lab, Body Shop, Brand Legacy, BT, Business in the Community, Calverts, Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management, Coca-Cola European Partners, Coca-Cola GB, Consciam, Cool Earth, Co-op, Corporate Citizenship, The Crowd, Designing Futures, Diageo, Dong Energy, Ecology Building Society, Ecuity, Ernst & Young LLP (EY), Forensic Pathways Ltd, Forster Communications, Freeland Horticulture, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, Fujitsu, Good Energy, HSBC, Ikea, Impact International, Infinergy, Innocent, Interface, ISEAL Alliance, Jaguar Land Rover, John Lewis, Kingfisher, Kinnarps, Koreo, KPMG, Mars, National Grid, Natural Capital Coalition, Neighbourly, Nestle, Office Depot, Old Mutual,  Open Energi, Pearson, Positive Luxury, Pukka, PwC,  REG Power Management, Relational Analytics, RELX Group, Rockwool, Sainsbury’s, Salter Baxter, Sedex, Singleton Birch, Sodexo, Standard Chartered, Sustainable Restaurants Association, Sysdoc, Tesco, Thai Union, thirdbridge, Too Good To Go, Triodos Bank, twentyfifty, UN Global Compact Network UK, Unilever, Verco, Vodafone, Walgreens Boots Alliance