The businesses committed to seeking the comprehensive realization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – the global development agenda adopted by 193 nations in September of 2015. In particular, the businesses committed to using the Agenda’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to inform and assess their business strategies and operations, as well as for monitoring and reporting.
The symposium will mark the first time that businesses publicly declare a commitment to Agenda 2013, as well as submit a written affirmation of this commitment to a United Nations official.
Additional senior UN officers also attended and spoke at the symposium. In his remarks, Mr. Haitian Lu, Chief of the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, thanked the businesses for their effort, and noted that this was the first time businesses were “explicitly committing themselves to achieving the 2030 agenda.”
Business representatives from the private sector also made their own presentations. Representatives discussed both the motivations behind their participation as well as what their businesses were already doing to advance the SDGs. They covered a wide range of activities, such as investing in technological development, incorporating sustainability as a key focus item in operations, ensuring and improving employee welfare (health, education, and community), and promoting partnerships for sustainability among businesses.
The panel explored how profit and social responsibility can be pursued simultaneously to achieve win-win results. The panelists discussed cooperation with the UN system, government and civil society, as well as innovation and technology, investment in sustainable development, and business core values.
Known as Agenda 2030, this document embodies a transformative vision for the future of the planet, and addresses issues such as ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, making cities more sustainable, combating climate change, and protecting oceans and forests.
Business will be essential to realizing the 2030 Agenda. Accordingly, the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and FiSO Group, LLC, decided to organize the symposium to discuss partnership, innovation, and social responsibility.
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