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Hotels for Press
Accommodation levels in Rio de Janeiro are anticipated to be at full occupancy during the conference. While it is not the responsibility of the United Nations to procure accommodation for the media, it should be noted that the Brazilian national organizing committee for Rio+20 has committed to blocking a minimum of 500 hotel rooms in Rio de Janeiro for media covering the conference. Costs must be covered by the media. For more details, visit: http://www.rio20.gov.br For information regarding room availability please contact: Terramar Travel Agency

Emails: reservas2@terramar.tur.br or reservas4@terramar.tur.br or reservas8@terramar.tur.br

Tel: (+55+21) 35120067 or (+55+11) 30142042 or (+55+19) 35145600

Media representatives must present their approval letter and copy rio20.hoteis@itamaraty.gov.br when requesting their accommodations.

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Aron Cramer: Business Needs to Step Up
It?s up to business to turn things around. That?s why BSR (formerly Business for Social Responsibility) has made redefining leadership as the theme of the BSR Conference 2011.

These solutions fall into three categories: changing the rules that guide companies, reorienting governments to embrace a sustainability agenda and galvanizing the public. How to change the rules to reward companies that take sustainability seriously? We can start by supporting stock-exchange listing requirements that make medium- and long-term questions as an explicit part of fiduciary duty. Efforts like this are underway from South Africa, where companies are required to report on their sustainability work, to Sacramento, where California?s legislature is considering a ?flexible purpose corporation,? which explicitly enables companies to consider long-term impacts.

Second, we should do what we can to ensure that, within the existing rules, governments advance a sustainable growth agenda. The highest-profile vehicle for this is the Rio+20 summit next June. Many governments, including the United States, have grown very timid on climate action since Copenhagen. This makes it even more important for business to work through groups such as Business Action for Sustainable Development to push and prod government to limit climate change and promote a green growth agenda.

Third, business should exercise its voice, which is too often muted or expressed through trade associations? efforts to block policies that embrace social and environmental progress. Just this week, the White House, allegedly responding to business pressure, withdrew implementation of new air pollution regulations. Pressure is intensifying to take other steps like this, in the name of restarting a stalled economy.

In times of economic difficulty, it?s tempting to put off investments in a sustainable future. Our times require business leaders to think not only about their own performance, but also about the robustness of the systems in which they operate. Those systems are sputtering right now. We as business must reshape the rules, reorient the system, and rebuild public support for sustainability.
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