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  • 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: info@onestoneadvisors.com


  • 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.


  • andrea 6:18 am on May 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Agenda 2030, CSR, , , , , technology   

    Business-as-usual won’t deliver the SDGs 

    The new Sustainable Development Goals, or (SDGs) set out a shared global agenda for human development with several bold objectives to be achieved by 2030, including poverty eradication and universal coverage in health, education and modern energy services. Meeting these global ‘stretch’ goals calls for transformation that is deep and fast—a rate of change that a Business-As-Usual (BAU) approach simply won’t deliver. As well as much greater engagement of the private sector, to meet the global goals governments will need to mobilise all the tools they can—technology, investment, policy and partnerships—as key means of implementation to deliver a step-change in trajectory.

    ICT—information communication technology—is one sector that’s rising to the challenge and a new report from Ericsson and the Earth Institute at Columbia University, launched last week at WEF Africa and co-edited by One Stone, shows what can happen when an industry sector gets behind the global goals.


    According to the report, the key accelerator technology that can get us off the BAU path is ICT— notably mobile broadband—which has experienced the fastest, most global technology uptake in human history. Continued rapid innovation across the Internet of Things, advanced robotics, artificial intelligence and big data will drive further gains across the entire global economy in the near future.

    Projections by Ericsson Mobility Report show that by 2021 mobile broadband (3G or above) will cover more than 90 percent of the world’s population, leaping from almost one billion subscribers in 2010 to 7.7 billion subscriptions. It is this staggering ability to scale fast, the report argues, that will help to ‘connect the unconnected’ and reach the ‘last mile’ to deliver unprecedented social and economic inclusion by 2030.

    The crux of the report is that ICT—especially mobile broadband—will be the essential infrastructure platform for the SDGs. Specifically, ICT has immense potential to speed up and scale—or increase the rate of diffusion of—a wide range of cutting-edge technologies, applications and platforms across the global economy, helping low-income countries to leapfrog to achieve key development milestones while contributing to growth. Significantly, it can also dramatically reduce the costs of service delivery.

    To achieve the SDGs ICT needs to be combined with innovative policies, services and solutions to deliver transformation at unprecedented speed and scale. It can be a powerful means of implementation in five major ways:

    1. Accelerated upscaling of critical services in health, education, financial services, smart agriculture, and low-carbon energy systems.
    2. Reduced deployment costs.
    3. Enhanced public awareness and engagement.
    4. Innovation, connectivity, productivity and efficiency across many sectors.
    5. Faster upgrading in the quality of services and jobs.

    To show the potential of ICT to drive progress on the SDGs, the report summarises lessons to date and explores the future outlook for four key areas:

    • Financial Services
    • Education
    • Health
    • Energy

    The groundbreaking case studies featured in the report show that the breakthroughs needed to drive and accelerate progress beyond Business-As-Usual (BAU) to meet the SDGs are already in operation, albeit on a small scale. The exciting hallmark of ICT is that it makes rapid scale-up of today’s demos to tomorrow’s national programs both feasible and realistic. In each case ICT offers potential for widespread, accelerated uptake by:

    • Reducing the unit costs of service delivery;
    • Expanding the range of services that can be offered;
    • Economizing on scarce resources (e.g. by upskilling local workers online); and
    • Accelerating institutional learning through online communities.

    The main policy conclusion of the report is that to make the leap from BAU to an SDG path and deliver on the 2030 vision, governments need to equip the entire public sector—including service delivery in finance, education, health, energy and transportation—with high-quality ICT infrastructure. What can your industry sector do to drive progress beyond Business-As-Usual on the global goals?

    You can download the full report ICT & SDGs: how information technology can accelerate action on the SDGs here.






  • andrea 12:22 am on April 4, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Ethics—strengthen your culture for success 

    Organisations with strong cultures of integrity have a lot in common. They focus on creating value for the long term. They put ethical behaviour and stakeholder interests at the heart of the business. They use robust systems to help people make good choices. And they refresh and reinforce core values often to make sure they’re lived.

    Sokol1924Culture—the accepted way of doing things—can make or break your company. Actively root it in strong principles and social expectations and you earn trust, brand value and respect. Neglect it and you open the door to significant operational risk.

    Our latest book, Creating a Culture of Integrity: Business Ethics for the 21st Century, sheds light on how firms from GE to RBS are embedding responsible business as the cultural norm.

    Here are three essential steps you can take to strengthen your culture for success.

    1. Model: lead by example
    2. Educate: train and empower employees
    3. Reward: mobilise performance with incentives


    1. Model: lead by example

    Ethics is everybody’s business, but the CEO, board and management have special responsibilities when it comes to creating a culture of integrity. Good leaders reinforce shared values, walk the talk, tell inspiring stories, encourage speaking up and—when necessary—make tough calls.

    1. Educate: training and awareness

    It’s the daily attitudes and actions of every individual in the company that add up to corporate culture, so raising awareness is crucial to keep personal and organizational values consistent. Effective ethics training tells people what’s expected, why it matters and empowers them to make good choices by showing them how.

    1. Reward: pay and performance

    What gets rewarded gets repeated, so when it comes to culture change, hardwiring ethics to incentives is among the best resources in the corporate toolkit. Make sure your appraisal system is sending the signal that doing the right thing is valued in your corporate culture.

    To learn more about how leading companies are putting these steps into practice, download our free briefing.
    How do you shape your culture? Who sets your organisation’s tone? How do you keep values fresh? What’s the best way to measure change? And which really gnarly problems do you need to solve?

    We’d love to hear your thoughts.


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