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 2000+ CEOs, business experts, CSOs, Investors and High-Level Government United Nations, and civil society representatives 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.
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 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.
Co-founder and Co-chair,
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. Join this session to explore the Benchmarks, understand how the UN Global Compact Network UK’s accelerator programme can support your business to align with these ambitions, and hear from organisations that are integrating the SDGs into their core business management.
Senior Manager, Global Operations,
Un Global Compact
Director Corporate Social Responsibility & Engagement, DWF Law
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).
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!
SPEAKERS: Coming soon!
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.
Join this interactive workshop to learn about the SDG Action Manager from the experts, to test out the tool for yourself, and to hear from companies using it to improve their sustainability performance.
SDG Programme Manager (Europe),
B Lab Europe
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, we will explore three guides that can support your organisation in integrating the SDGs into your reporting processes and learn from best practice business examples.
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
Head of Sustainable Business,
Director Global Sustainability and Climate Change,
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 and the Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development, 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.
Guest speakers will be sharing case studies and participants will have an opportunity to network and discuss practical applications.
Mayor of Bristol
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 will explore 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.
Chief Operating Officer,
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Corporate Credit Analyst,
Bank of America
Head of Responsibility,
Federated Hermes International
Chief Accounting Officer, Financial and Regulatory ESG Reporting,
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 will convene two teams of leading sustainability experts to explore these questions.
Vice President of Sustainability and Group Affairs,
Head of Sustainability,
Nestle UK & I