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  • andrea 11:52 pm on February 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , SDG16, , UN   

    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 6:45 am on November 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , development, , , partnership, , , UN   

    Think Big—business and the Global Goals 

    From January 2016, 17 new UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) kick in, setting out a shared global vision for a prosperous, fair, sustainable economy out to 2030. Supported by 169 targets, these ‘global goals’ call for a step change in how we tackle major development challenges—from climate change and extreme poverty to inequality and injustice.

    This time around, the private sector is centre-stage in making change happen. It’s a fantastic opportunity for proactive companies to deliver real impact by working out how their core business can best support the goals. Solving global challenges is a powerful way to show purpose and create value for business and society. Companies aligned with the new agenda stand not only to gain reputational kudos, but are winning huge early mover advantage in tomorrow’s markets.


    Through our work with companies like Electrolux, Scania, Ericsson and RB to integrate sustainability into the business we’ve identified three promising areas where companies can take the lead:

    • Meeting unmet needs
    • Accelerating and scaling
    • Becoming net positive

    Our latest briefing paper describes how companies like Hindustan Unilever, Vodafone and Electrolux are increasing wellbeing, tackling poverty and combating climate change while building new markets, increasing spending power and gaining market share.

    Others—like Ericsson, KeringCarlsberg and Tetra Pak—are working collaboratively to achieve shared goals to scale and accelerate positive change by driving uptake of innovation, influencing the value chain, and growing infrastructure and capacity.

    Another way of supporting the goals is the pioneering efforts by companies like Kingfisher Group, Coca-Cola and NAB to decouple business growth from environmental impacts and become net positive. Changing what gets measured and how decisions are made is a crucial step on the sustainable value creation journey.

    To learn more from these inspiring examples of business action on the global goals, download our free briefing paper here.

    We’d love to learn from you too. Where do society’s needs and the focus of your company intersect? How can your business best benefit and drive progress on the global goals? Please share your story.

  • andrea 9:29 am on September 17, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , efficiency, energy, , , UN, water   

    Water is everybody’s business 

    How can a bottle of Coca Cola become a platform for action to protect the world’s most precious resource—water?

    The first week of September, the Swedish capital of Stockholm sees waves of policymakers, engineers, academics, corporate representatives, and water specialists convene at World Water Week, the leading annual global event addressing global water and international development issues. Organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), the theme this year was the nexus between water and energy. Energy efficiency has long been on the agenda of global business, but increasingly, water is being called “the new oil”, and gaining higher priority as floods, drought and inadequate water management disrupt business as usual.

    At World Water Week 2014, the relevance of water to business, and the importance of multi-sector initiatives in solving global water crises, were the focus of panels featuring speakers from Coca Cola, Nestlé, PepsiCo, and BASF, among others. Carlo Galli, Strategic and Technical Adviser for Water Resources at Nestlé, argued that “water is everybody’s business”—it was therefore essential to bring civil society and the private sector together to solve water catchment and management problems. Multi-sector collaboration around a shared resource also gives corporations an opportunity to build stronger relationships with local communities.

    Liese Dalbaumann, Director of Water Stewardship at PepsiCo, described a successful development initiative in India to restore naturally occurring ponds, that helped Pepsi’s production and benefited local communities. For companies like PepsiCo and Coca Cola, access to quality water is “an existential problem”, explained Joe Rozza, Global Water Sustainability Manager at Coca Cola. It is a core business risk—essential for business continuity. As companies wake up to this, their products have the potential to become “a platform for action,” argued Rozza: corporations can mobilize public support for water conservation by appealing to their consumers. Change the Course is one such initiative, using new media portals and corporate sponsorship incentives to increase flow in American rivers.

    Business can also play an important part in water governance. As Håkan Tropp, Managing Director of Knowledge Services at SIWI, underlined: “some companies are stronger than countries.” Major corporations can therefore use their unique convening powers to build societal engagement around improved water quality, quantity and access. This year’s Stockholm Water Prize laureate, Dr. John Briscoe of Harvard University, stressed the need for innovation and the incentive of economic growth for solving water issues. He also acknowledged the importance of youth in moving these solutions forward.


    In the closing plenary of the week-long conference, Amina Mohammed, Special Representative to the UN on the Post-2015 Development Goals, reiterated the interrelationship of energy, water and development and the urgency of “not just talking it, but also walking it.” 2015 is set to be a year of transformation as the global community shifts from poverty-focused Millennium Development Goals to a sustainable development agenda. Water is right at the heart of today’s global development challenges; it’s also key to solving them. A holistic approach is needed and to focus action, SIWI has released the Stockholm Statement on Water, summarizing the week’s discussions on the centrality of water in building resilient future societies. It features five key themes:

    • Water for health
    • Water for sustainable growth
    • Water for agriculture
    • Water for energy; and
    • Water for climate

    Going forward, Amina Mohammed suggested that efforts should be centered on “creating an enabling environment” for innovative approaches to multi-sector engagement on these issues. World Water Week is already making that possible.


    This is a guest blog from One Stone contributor Marielle Velander, MSc Candidate in Anthropology and Development Management at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her research focus is on innovative ways of communicating sustainable development and global water issues.

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