The Business Call to Action‘s sixth annual forum took place in conjunction with the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The event convened over 150 people from Business Call to Action member companies, development and civil society partners.
Inclusive Business: Contributing to the New Development agenda:
Sahba Sobhani, Officer in Charge of the Business Call to Action and Global Programme Advisor, Private Sector, of UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, introduced keynote speaker Lise Kingo, Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact.
In this historic week of consensus with the SDGs, Ms. Kingo noted that: “With the new global goals, we have a lighthouse for global development in the world, and a lighthouse for business in the next 15 years. We have the global goals, but now the hard work starts, because we need to implement, together, the new global goals. And there’s no doubt that business has a crucial role to play, along with all the other global stakeholders”.
The Plenary Session, Inclusive Business as a Key Contributor to the New Development Agenda, convened Lena Ingelstam, Director of Partnerships and Innovations, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida); Luiz Ros, Manager for the Opportunities for the Majority Sector Office, Inter‐American Development Bank; Nicolas Chevrollier, Senior Programme Manager at the BoP Innovation Center; Nicole Voillat, Sustainability Director, Bata Shoe Company; Stefan Maard, Head of Sustainable Business Development, Novozymes; and Terri Bresenham, CEO and VP, Sustainable Healthcare Solutions, GE Healthcare.
Moderator Nik Sekhran, Director for Sustainable Development of UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support, moderated the session. Throughout this exciting dialogue, panel members provided insights into how their business have made real contributions to the SDG development agenda. They agreed that sustainability depends upon businesses making sure that everyone has a stake in the initiative’s success – and that all stakeholders receive a return on their investments. Partnering through venture incubators and one-stop shops such as the BCtA provides the private sector with meaningful insights and a systematic pathway to achieving the SDGs.
To read the full article and view the videos see http://community.businessfightspoverty.org/m/blogpost?id=2014886%3ABlogP... and http://www.inclusive-business.org/2015/10/update-diva-sdgs.html