We cannot underestimate the impact of the public sector on sustainability. First, corporate leaders ask the public sector to create a level playing field by means of regulatory frameworks. Second, public authorities help build capacity for sustainable production by integrating sustainable procurement in public spending.

Moreover, policies promote transparency and due diligence. The public sector thus creates the necessary conditions for sustainable businesses to thrive.

The sector acts on all levels: international, national, and regional. At the local level, cities have become major game changers for sustainability and continue to drive innovation.