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.

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