Slaughter and May supports a just and green recovery from COVID-19

Slaughter and May is a signatory to a letter sent to the to the Prime Minister on Tuesday 9 June, which calls on his government to use the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to frame COVID-19 recovery plans. The firm believes that social inequality and climate action need to be central to the recovery.

The letter states that the ‘SDGs provide an internationally agreed framework, which also works at national, regional and local level, alongside and reinforcing existing plans and commitments.’

It asks that the SDGs be ‘used to consolidate and future-proof [recovery] plans’ and goes on to recommend that they are used to:

  1. Prioritise the most vulnerable in our society and level-up regional and societal inequalities
  2. Build coherent policies for a healthy planet and to aid the transition to net zero
  3. Unite all sectors behind a plan to build a stronger and more resilient economy

The SDGs are part of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and give a “shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future”. There are 17 Goals at its centre, encompassing climate action, education and health.

Slaughter and May uses the UN Global Compact and SDGs as frameworks for its Responsible Business strategy.