UNGC Unveils “Making Global Goals Local Business” Strategy to Drive Responsible Business Activity on SDGs

The UN Global Compact unveiled a multi-year strategy to drive business awareness and activity that supports the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Key elements of the new Making UN Global Compact Leaders SummitGlobal Goals Local Business strategy include an annual Leaders Summit, the SDG Pioneers programme, Local Network SDG Action Plans, UN-business partnerships, and impact reporting. The announcement came at the opening of the 2016 UN Global Compact Leaders Summit, a two-day gathering of more than 1,000 leaders from business, finance, civil society, labour, academia, the UN and Government.

“The UN Global Compact is uniquely prepared and positioned to lead business in the SDG era,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “Achieving the SDGs will require unprecedented cooperation, radical innovation and extraordinary leadership. And it will require us each to be a pioneer, forging ahead into new territory. That means taking personal and corporate responsibility for how we do business and who we choose as our staff and partners.

To inspire business women and men around the world, the UN Global Compact announced ten Local SDG Pioneers. Selected from more than 600 nominees in 100 countries, the Pioneers programme shines a spotlight on entrepreneurs and changemakers who are demonstrating how business can unlock economic, social and environmental gains in their markets for the new SDG era.

Argentina’s Minister of Foreign Relations Susanna Malcorra and Kenya’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Macharia Kamau, underscored the indispensable role business must play as a complement to Government efforts, especially through national SDG action plans. Their remarks emphasized the need for greater private sector activity, investment and partnership on the ground to advance the global goals, and called for more companies to adhere to the UN Global Compact’s ten principles as a fundamental step in contributing to sustainability.

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