BUILDING BACK BETTER WITH THE SDGs

Tuesday 20 July 2021  09:30 – 11:00 BST

SDG AMBITION

Tuesday 20 July 2021  11:30 - 12:15 BST

FINANCING OUR FUTURE

Tuesday 20 July 2021  12:30 – 13:30 BST

COLLABORATION IN ACTION TO ACHIEVE THE SDGS

Tuesday 20 July 2021  14:00 – 15:15 BST

BUSINESS REPORTING ON THE SDGs

Tuesday 20 July 2021  15:30 – 16:30 BST

LOCALISING THE GLOBAL GOALS

Wednesday 21 July 2021  10:00 – 12:00 BST

EMBEDDING ESG INTO YOUR BUSINESS

Wednesday 21 July 2021  13:00 - 14:00 BST

DEBATING A CLIMATE-FIRST APPROACH TO THE SDGs

Wednesday 21 July 2021  15:00 – 16:30 BST

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The UN Global Compact Network UK’s RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS & SDGS SUMMIT was an interactive digital event featuring a series of critical discussions over the course of two days (20-21 July, 2021). We convened 2000+ CEOs, business experts, sustainability practitioners, investors and representatives from UK Government and civil society to address the challenges and show how companies are advancing the SDGs, to foster meaningful networking opportunities, and to provide inspirational sessions with actionable ideas to transform industries and societies and lead to a new sustainable future.

Thank you for joining our Responsible Business & SDGs Summit.

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BUILDING BACK BETTER WITH THE SDGs

Tuesday 20 July 2021  09:30 – 11:00 BST

The Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals is well underway. Now is the time for all stakeholders to raise their ambition for people, planet, and prosperity by taking action across all of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  The COVID-19 pandemic has provided us with an opportunity to use the SDGs as a framework to help us recover better together. This event enabled a high-level discussion with business leaders on how to build back better from the pandemic and the need for ambitious action for the SDGs.

SPEAKERS:

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Paul Polman,
Co-founder and Co-chair,
IMAGINE

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Harry Morrison,
Managing Director,
Accenture Strategy,
Accenture

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Solitaire Townsend,
Co-founder,
Futerra

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Iris Van der Veken,
Executive Director,
Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC)

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Deborah Leary, OBE,
Founder and CEO,
Forensic Pathways

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Feriel Zerouki,
Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs,
De Beers Group

SDG AMBITION

Tuesday 20 July 2021  11:30 - 12:15 BST

The need for SDG Ambition today is clear. Though 81% of companies say they are taking action to advance the SDGs, less than a third are aligning their strategy and operations in practice. The UN Global Compact has developed 10 SDG Ambition Benchmarks that translate the SDGs for business. They are applicable across all industries and set the level of ambition required to achieve the Goals by 2030. This session explored the Benchmarks, demonstrated how the UN Global Compact Network UK’s accelerator programme can support your business to align with these ambitions, and heard from organisations that are integrating the SDGs into their core business management.

SPEAKERS:

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Caitlin Casey,
Senior Manager, Global Operations,
UN Global Compact

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Ty Jones,
Director Corporate Social Responsibility & Engagement, DWF Law

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Victoria Hughes,
Business Responsibility Director,
Vinci

FINANCING OUR FUTURE

Tuesday 20 July 2021  12:30 – 13:30 BST

As the stewards of corporate finance, Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) have a critical role to play in ensuring that companies’ financial strategies are aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This session with the CFO Taskforce for the SDGs explored the new CFO Principles and the key steps companies can take to unlock private capital and create a market for mainstream investments for the SDGs.

 

SPEAKERS:

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Marie Morice,
Head of Sustainable Finance,
UN Global Compact

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Francesco Gattei,
CFO,
Eni

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Nicolò Ciocci,
Sustainable Finance Associate,
UN Global Compact

COLLABORATION IN ACTION TO ACHIEVE THE SDGS

Tuesday 20 July 2021  14:00 – 15:15 BST

Developed by B Lab and the UN Global Compact, the SDG Action Manager is a web-based impact management solution to enable businesses to take action on the Sustainable Development Goals through 2030.

In this interactive workshop, participants learnt about the SDG Action Manager from the experts and heard from companies using it to improve their sustainability performance.

 

SPEAKERS:

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Neila Benamara,
SDG Programme Manager (Europe),
B Lab Europe

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Ian Agnew,
Director,
Dark Woods Coffee

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Catherine Ramsden,
Founding Director,

Useful Studio

BUSINESS REPORTING ON THE SDGs

Tuesday 20 July 2021  15:30 – 16:30 BST

Interested in why you should report on the SDGs and how to best do so? Integrating the Global Goals into corporate reporting will help address the information needs of government, investors, and other stakeholders, and enhance your company’s accountability to society.

Hosted in partnership with GRI and PwC, participants explored three guides that can support your organisation in integrating the SDGs into your reporting processes and learnt from best practice business examples.

SPEAKERS:

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George Harrington,
Manager,
GRI

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Dorothee D’Herde,
Head of Sustainable Business,
Vodafone

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Louise Scott,
Director Global Sustainability and Climate Change,
PwC

LOCALISING THE GLOBAL GOALS

Wednesday 21 July 2021  10:00 – 12:00 BST

Local leadership will be critical as the country builds back from the pandemic. Hosted in partnership with the APPG on the SDGs, Bristol City Office, and the Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development, this event convened high-level representatives from government, parliament, business, and civil society to discuss the importance of using holistic frameworks and local action to achieve policy objectives.

Guest speakers shared case studies and participants had an opportunity to network and discuss practical applications.

 

SPEAKERS:

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Marvin Rees,
Mayor of Bristol

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Junko Ota
Policy Researcher,
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

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Stella Psarropoulou (F)
Coordination & Management
Dept. Operations Planning & Development, Monitoring Programs Municipality of Thessaloniki

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Rt Hon Justine Greening,
former Cabinet Minister and Founder and Chair,
Social Mobility Pledge and Levelling Up Goals

Jane Hutt (002)

Jane Hutt MS,
Minister for Social Justice

Ben Houchen (002)

Ben Houchen,
Mayor of Tees Valley

Wednesday 21 July 2021  13:00 - 14:00 BST

ESG investors (Environment, Social, Governance) are looking at companies' SDG impacts and using this information for their investment decisions. This session explored what impacts investors value the most, what disclosures they want to see, and how companies can ensure their SDG-related activities are aligned with investor expectations.

SPEAKERS:

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Moderator:
Nicholas Glicher,

Chief Operating Officer,
Thomson Reuters Foundation

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Kay Hope,
Head of ESG for Global Fixed Income Research
Bank of America

 

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Leon Kamhi,
Head of Responsibility,
International at Federated Hermes

 

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Noman Ali,
Financial Controller – Group Financial, Regulatory and ESG Reporting
HSBC

DEBATING A CLIMATE-FIRST APPROACH TO THE SDGs

Wednesday 21 July 2021  15:00 – 16:30 BST

The private sector has a key role to play in tackling climate change. With COP26 planned to take place this year, leaders are urging companies to set ambitious science-based targets and invest in a net zero future. Yet if business prioritises climate action above all other 17 SDGs, are we at risk of reversing years of development progress? If business doesn’t prioritise climate action, will climate change bring about the same outcome only irreversibly? This formal debate convened two teams of leading sustainability experts to explore these questions.

SPEAKERS:

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Paul Simpson,
CEO,
CDP

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Marcelo Behar,
Vice President of Sustainability and Group Affairs,
Natura &Co

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Emma Keller,
Head of Sustainability,
Nestle UK & I

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Lord McConnell
Co-Chair of the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group on the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development
Moderator

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Caroline Harper,
CEO,
Sightsavers

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Duncan Burt,
Director for COP26,
National Grid

Special thanks to:

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For any questions about the Summit, please contact the Global Goals Programme Manager, Jessica Lobo.