London and Geneva, 17 May 2018 - As part of their renewed partnership, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and Ethical Corporation will collaborate around providing insight to corporations on how to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into business strategy at the upcoming Responsible Business Summit Europe.
Agreed upon unanimously by UN member states in September 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out a framework of 17 Goals to tackle the world’s most pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges. Meaningful action by business, the engine of economic growth and employment and a key source of finance, technology and innovation, is crucial to achieve action at scale in support of the SDGs. Effective strategic integration of the SDG agenda can help business unlock potentially historic market opportunities, manage operational and regulatory risks and build an enduring license to operate.
Encouragingly, a newly published Ethical Corporation report finds that 69% of its global corporate audience have indicated that their business is working to integrate the SDGs into business strategy. However, the same report also highlights many challenges that companies are facing in this regard.
WBCSD is engaged in a series of activities to support business in the integration of the SDGs, including through resources such as its CEO Guide to the SDGs, the SDG Business Hub, and the recent release of guidelines to align industry sectors around the SDGs agenda. This June, as part of the Responsible Business Summit Europe, WBCSD will join fellow expert peers and sustainable business professionals to share tools, strategies and ideas for companies to fully leverage the SDGs within business operations and unlock market opportunities. Their expertise will be shared across the following two sessions:
13 June 2018, 8.40-9.30 – SDG Keynote: Activating the SDGs as the driver for future strategy
Lise Kingo, CEO and Executive Director, United Nations Global Compact
Filippo Veglio, Managing Director, WBCSD
Jorge Laguna-Celis, Director, Governance Affairs Office and Private Sector Relations, UN Environment
Pedro Ortún, Active Senior Advisor CSR-SDGs, European Commission
13 June 2018, 16.15-17.45 – SDG Workshop: Integrating the Goals across business operations
James Gomme, Director, Sustainable Development Goals, WBCSD
Martijn Lampert, Research Director, Glocalities
Aris Vrettos, Programme Director, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
Frances Lu, Sustainability Manager, Maersk
“Achieving the SDGs and harnessing the potential that they represent is a complex task which is ultimately beyond the reach of any one organization. WBCSD is working to catalyze pioneering collaborations to drive the systemic transformations that will advance the SDG agenda. In this context we look forward to engaging with a wide range of sustainable business leaders at the Responsible Business Summit Europe and exploring further opportunities to support business in maximizing its potential to realize the ambitions of the SDGs”, says Filippo Veglio, Managing Director at WBCSD.
“We are delighted to continue our partnership with WBCSD and share their expertise at our events and through our monthly magazine. Their insights will help our community continue to accelerate the transformative impacts and collaborations that’s required to meet the Goals ahead,” explains Liam Dowd, managing director at Ethical Corporation.
As part of the partnership WBCSD members benefit from a 10% discount on attendance to all Ethical Corporation events and Subscriptions.
More about WBCSD
WBCSD is a global, CEO-led organization of over 200 leading businesses working together to accelerate the transition to a sustainable world.
We help make our member companies more successful and sustainable by focusing on the maximum positive impact for shareholders, the environment and societies. Our member companies come from all business sectors and all major economies, representing a combined revenue of more than US$8.5 trillion and with 19 million employees.
Our Global Network of almost 70 national business councils gives our members unparalleled reach across the globe. WBCSD is uniquely positioned to work with member companies along and across value chains to deliver high-impact business solutions to the most challenging sustainability issues.
More about Ethical Corporation
Ethical Corporation, established in 2001, has a mission to help businesses around the globe do the right thing by their customers and the world. Ethical Corporation serves CSR, compliance, risk and governance communities with topical and insightful business intelligence and meeting places.
Ethical Corporation provides business intelligence to more than 3,000 multinational companies every year, and to NGOs, think-tanks, academia, governments and consultancies. In addition, they publish the leading responsible business magazine, website, and events – and organize conferences are widely recognized as the best in the field.