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  • Fran 11:21 am on May 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    How to report on the SDGs 

    A year and a half after the adoption of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), companies are making inroads in how to manage and report on the 2030 Agenda. There’s a wide range of approaches—so what can we learn from early adopters on how to deliver and communicate effectively on the Goals?

    We’ve researched dozens of companies for best practice, and our briefing document, available here, identifies nine key approaches to SDG management and reporting. For those just starting out on the SDG journey, our tips will help you connect the dots, make a strong business case and put the right building blocks in place. For organisations already actively engaging with the SDGs, our best practice examples will inspire new ways to craft an effective and compelling SDG leadership story.

    A great example, illustrated below, shows where Maersk can deliver positive change at scale, whether impacts are direct or indirect and which negative outcomes it needs to mitigate.

    Key takeaways from our briefing include:

    Map your contribution
    Knowing how you contribute sets a baseline to measure your impact on the Goals. Start with easy wins and established material issues, but think about the big picture context too. Many SDGs require whole sector and system change that goes beyond traditional company boundaries.

    Set priorities
    Be inclusive—get stakeholders on-board in shaping strategic priorities—and dig right down to targets where you can really move the needle and drive transformational change.

    Measure & report on progress
    Tell a strategic story: develop a future value creation pipeline aligned with the SDGs. Work out which resources to leverage. Then use the Goals as a high-impact way to measure and communicate your contribution.

    We’ll be delving deeper into corporate approaches to the SDGs over the coming months. Please get in touch to be involved!

  • andrea 7:45 am on April 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    What leading companies are doing on the SDGs 

    2017 has seen a big ramp-up in our work on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). From integrating the Goals into business strategy and identifying risks and opportunities, to engaging partners and communicating how they contribute, we’re seeing clients across all markets strongly embrace this new sustainable business agenda.

    Over the past few months, our focus has been helping organisations across a range of sectors get to grips with operationalising the SDGs. For Carlsberg we helped align key initiatives with relevant SDG targets and incorporate these into the beverage giant’s 2016 sustainability report. In Australia, with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Sustainability Advantage program, we’ve done SDG mapping and facilitated workshops for senior executives across food, health, aged care and financial services. As well as working hands-on with management teams to develop a robust strategic response, a key outcome has been getting organisations to work together to prioritise core Goals and build partnerships for sector-wide change. During 2017, we’ll be working further with the rapidly expanding aged care sector on a pilot project to drive uptake of the Goals across the industry.

    It’s a space we’ve been active in for a while. In recent years we’ve contributed to moving the needle on the post-2015 agenda at a number of companies—for example via the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development and Novartis Foundation. In 2016, we helped Ericsson and The Earth Institute produce a much-acclaimed report showing how information and communication technology (ICT) could deliver step-change on the Goals in at least four areas—education, energy efficiency, health and financial inclusion. We’ve also worked with UN Environment’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific to collate best practice and recommendations on partnering with business to deliver the environmental dimensions of the Goals. The upshot? The challenges of the 2030 Agenda may be ‘yuge’, but so are the opportunities for companies that embrace them.

    And because we’ve now got a great library of best practice on how companies around the world are approaching the SDGs, our next industry briefing will share key insights on how to report on the Goals.

    You can sign up to receive the briefing here:


  • Fran 9:11 am on March 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Strong foundations for the SDGs 

    For any company to thrive in a resource-constrained world, the starting points are a robust sustainability strategy based on solid information, and leadership from the top. To build a sound foundation for its strategy, in 2016 the Carlsberg Group carried out research including a water risk assessment with WWF, a materiality matrix alongside BSR and an end-to-end carbon footprint in partnership with the Carbon Trust. These form the springboard for its refreshed sustainability strategy, with ambitious targets to be announced later in 2017.

    The Carlsberg Group wants to use its strategy to be an agent of change. One Stone helped the Group map the four strategic priorities that came out of its materiality process: Energy and carbon, Water, Responsible drinking and Health & Safety, against the most relevant SDGs – 7, 3, 6 and 8. Rather than take a broad-brush approach to the SDGs, we focused on opportunities for change, and identified a specific target within each SDG where the Group can make the most difference.

    Two further goals, SDG 12, Responsible consumption and production, and SDG 17, Partnerships for the goals, feature across the Group’s work. For instance, they are addressed in sustainable packaging innovations such as its bio-based Green Fiber Bottle and in partnership work through the Carlsberg Circular Community. Download the Carlsberg Group’s 2016 Sustainability Report to find out more.

  • andrea 11:52 pm on February 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Responsible Business Practice key to SDG16 

    Effective, accountable and inclusive institutions are vital for sustainable development and core to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (#SDGs). Indeed a specific focus of Goal 16 is addressing transparency, #bribery and #corruption. For companies, this means making sure the right framework and signals are in place to drive responsible business practice and move beyond compliance to foster a culture of integrity. sdg16-peaceandjustice

    To help deliver the SDGs, Greenleaf Publishing has produced a handy resource list of key publications for every goal—and our book Creating a Culture of Integrity: Business Ethics for the 21st Century is included as a key SDG16 resource.

    Whether you’re just starting out with the SDGs or well on your way, Greenleaf’s list of eCollections to support the SDGs is a fantastic tool. Grouped by goal and focused on implementation, it’s a go-to for practitioners. Download it free here.


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