Corporate Sustainability Emerging as Major Driver in the UN’s Post-2015 Agenda

Written by Georg Kell, Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, on ECDPM’s GREAT insights magazine

The corporate sustainability movement is growing in every region of the world. Every year, more companies place responsible business practices and sustainability objectives at the heart of their business strategy. Companies are increasingly helping to tackle the world’s most pressing problems through their core businesses, and realising benefits and opportunities from doing so. There is a growing recognition that, “in a globalised world, general prosperity can only be built if business enterprises are involved in finding solutions to low living standards and environmental degradation”.

An historic opportunity

With the targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set to expire in 2015, a new global sustainable development framework is under construction, which is expected to define priorities and approaches for the next era. UN Member States are currently working on a set of potential Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to be adopted in 2015.”

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