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The UN Global Compact Network UK’s Responsible Business & SDGs Summit is an interactive digital event featuring a series of critical discussions over the course of two days (20-21 July, 2021). We will convene 1000+ CEOs, business experts, CSOs, Investors and High-Level Government United Nations, and civil society representatives to address the challenge 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.

AGENDA - Day 1: Wednesday 20th - July 2021


09:30 – 11:00 BST

The Decade of Action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals is well underway and the need for increased government and business ambition is clear. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed weaknesses in our societies and economies but provides us with an opportunity to build back better and realise the SDGs as a framework to help us recover better together from the pandemic. Now is the time for all stakeholders to raise their ambition for people, planet, and prosperity — taking action across all of the Global Goals and at a scale that can create the tipping points for the world we want.

This event will enable a high-level discussion with government representatives and business leaders on how to build back better from the pandemic and the need for ambitious action for the SDGs.

Confirmed Speakers

Paul Polman (002)

Paul Polman,
Co-founder and Co-chair,

Harry Morrison_ (002)

Harry Morrison,
Managing Director,
Accenture Strategy,


12:30 – 13:30 BST

CFOs have a critical role to play as the stewards of trillions of dollars in corporate finance.

Join this session with the CFO Taskforce for the SDGs to explore 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 to be announced soon!


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. The tool enables your company to:
Learn which SDGs matter most to you based on your company profile, and how to take action today.

  • Get a clear view of how your operations, supply chain, and business model create positive impact, and identify risk areas for each SDG.
  • Set goals and track improvement by visualising your progress on the dashboard.
  • Collaborate across your company.
  • Determine high-impact action based on thought-provoking yet actionable assessment questions, benchmarks, and improvement guides.
  • Join a global movement of companies working to build a better world for people and planet by 2030.

Join this interactive workshop with B Lab Europe and UN Global Compact Network UK to learn about the SDG Action Manager from the experts, to test out the tool for yourself, and to hear from companies already using it to improve their sustainability performance.

Speakers to be announced soon!


15:30 – 16:30 BST

Interested in why you should report on the SDGs and how to best do so? With transparency becoming the new paradigm for conducting business, now is the moment to take your company’s sustainability reporting to the next level. Integrating the Global Goals into corporate reporting, in alignment with the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact and the GRI Standards, 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, we will discuss current reporting trends on how business is reporting on the Goals, explore three guides developed to support your organisation in integrating the SDGs into your reporting processes, and learn from best practice examples from a business leading in this area.

Speakers to be announced soon!

AGENDA - Day 2: Thursday 21st - July 2021


10:00 – 12:00 BST

The role of local government, local partnerships, and local action has never been more important. At a time when the country is looking to build back from the Covid-19 pandemic, local leadership will be critical to shaping the future of this country and ensuring that we can restore the economy, tackle climate change, level up and address the extreme inequalities that this crisis has revealed.

Hosted in partnership with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on the SDGs, this event will convene 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.

In part one of the event, guest speakers will share case studies of the ways towns, cities, and broader regions in the UK have used the SDGs as a framework in policy and decision-making processes. In part two, participants will have an opportunity to network in small, focussed groups to discuss the practical application of the case studies and explore what needs to happen next for local action to be successful for the future.

Speakers to be announced soon!


13:00 – 14:30 BST

The UN Global Compact Network UK will convene an official Dialogue to feed into the UN Food Systems Summit in September. The Dialogue will explore the actions needed for an SDG-aligned food system that can meet the 2030 Agenda by bringing together stakeholders from across the food system.

More details to follow!


15:00 – 16:30 BST

For the last century, economic growth has been the single most important business goal worldwide but this desire to grow has come hand-in-hand with a growing demand on our finite resources, leading to some of the most severe problems of our time: climate change, mass biodiversity loss, and the destruction of ecosystems that support human life. As the engine of economic growth, business has a critical role to play in ensuring we can build back better and tackle these problems head on. The question is: can we grow our way out of the problem?

This formal debate will convene two teams of leading sustainability experts to argue for and against the need for the private sector to redress the impact of economic growth on sustainable development.

Speakers to be announced soon!


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