WWF response to comments made by Mike Plaut, Chairman of CBI Wales, about the Well-being of Future Generations Act and Future Generations Commissioner
12 Oct 2017 09:56 AM
Anne Meikle, Head of WWF Cymru responded to comments made by the Chairman of CBI Wales to BBC Wales today
"I’m concerned to hear such negative comments from the Chairman of CBI Wales.
"The Wellbeing of Future Generations Act had broad support in its development, including from businesses who see the opportunities of a transition to a sustainable economy.
"Earlier this year, 80 leading businesses including HSBC, Tesco, Rockwool and BT wrote to the Prime Minister supporting sustainable development in the UK. We support their view that it is essential for our long-term prosperity and the wellbeing of generations to come. Sustainable development will create jobs, increase competitiveness and secure the natural resources our economy relies on.
"As the Commissioner says, the Act is intended to improve the balance between all four aspects of wellbeing – economic, social , cultural and environmental. The evidence shows we still have not got that balance right.
"The latest official reports show the poor state of nature in Wales, and the fact that we are continuing to lose species and habitats. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to put this right. Our focus now must be on effective delivery of this important Act."
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