SDG Benchmarks for Business Transformation - Webinar Series

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Our 5-part SDG Benchmarks webinar series guides you through an impact-oriented roadmap for business transformation. The UN Global Compact's SDG Business Benchmarks are the perfect gateway for companies seeking to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into their core strategies. The Benchmarks translate the ambition level of the SDGs into concrete, achievable aspirations for business in the areas that are most relevant to business.

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The SDGs are widely recognised by ESG investors as a forward-looking and impact-driven approach to sustainability. Despite stakeholder demand for corporate sustainability action and increasing business engagement, there is still a performance gap and a substantial unrealised opportunity to leverage the $12 trillion new market opportunities that business could access by embracing the SDGs.

This webinar series explores key business opportunities in the SDG Benchmarks and how to overcome challenges in implementing them. Each webinar included success stories from a diverse group of business leaders and a Q&A section which welcomed attendees to engage with the expert speakers.

This webinar series enables you to:

  • Use the Benchmarks to define roadmaps for achieving corporate sustainability ambitions;
  • Understand how to establish relevant metrics and effective business processes;
  • Discover the latest approaches in delivering comparable, quantifiable, and impactful data;
  • Take practical action - for companies of all sizes and sectors;
  • Secure senior management buy-in;
  • Attract sustainable financing.


SDG Benchmarks Overview

Past Session from Tuesday 1 March 2022

This session will give an overview of the UN Global Compact's SDG Benchmarks and the role they can play in helping business set and achieve their sustainability objectives. We will explore the business case for business engagement with the SDGs and hear from leading companies that have overcome the challenges and are now realising the opportunities of SDG alignment.

Caitlin Casey (002)

Caitlin Casey
Senior Manager Global Operations
United Nations Global Compact

Kate Hursthouse (SlaughterMay) (002)

Kate Hursthouse
Responsible Business Senior Manager
Slaughter & May

Chris Harrop (Marshalls) (003)

Chris Harrop, OBE
Group Sustainability Director

Sally Sudworth (Mottmac) (002)

Sally Sudworth
Global Head for Sustainability & Climate Change
Mott MacDonald

SDG Benchmarks: Gender Balance at all Management Levels

Past Session from Thursday 17 March 2022

Achieving gender balance at all levels of management by 2030 is something to which all businesses should aspire. Achieving 30% female representation in leadership has been shown to increase profitability and other business value drivers also contribute to a compelling case for adopting this target.

Elisabeth Anna Resch (002)

Elisabeth Anna Resch
Global Lead for Target Gender Equality
United Nations Global Compact

Manushree Singh (Capgemini) (002)

Manushree Singh
Diversity & Inclusion Leader

Kirsten Hewson of Shoosmiths

Kirsten Hewson
Head of National Real Estate

Dilrukshi Kurukularusiya (DIMO) (002)

Dilrukshi Kurukulasuriya
Chief Human Resources Officer

Heath Zarin (EV Cargo) (002)

Heath Zarin
Founder, Chair & CEO
EV Cargo

SDG Benchmarks: Zero Waste and the Circular Economy

Past Session from Thursday 31 March 2022, 14:00 – 15:30 BST

Embedding circular economy principles in business strategy is the way of the future. To remain competitive, companies should strive to make advances in their product design and operations via resource efficiency, materials recycling, selecting the most renewable inputs possible, and taking opportunities for circularity.

Krista Kruft (PACE - WRI) (002)

Krista Kruft
Engagement Lead

Rob Thompson (002)

Rob Thompson
Packaging Manager

The Co-op

Inder Poonaji

Inder Poonaji
Director ESG and Sustainability

Modulaire Group

SDG Benchmarks: 100% Employees with Labour Rights and Earning Living Wage

Thursday 14 April 2022, 14:00 – 15:30 BST

Committing to being a living wage employer supports a happier, healthier and more productive workforce, reduces turnover costs and addresses consumer, customer, investor, and shareholder concerns about a company’s respect for workers’ rights.

Griet Cattaert (002)

Griet Cattaert
Head of Labour Rights
United Nations Global Compact

Sara Williams (002)

Sara Williams
Chief Executive
Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce

Rachel cowburn-walden (Unilever) (002)

Rachel Cowburn-Walden
Global Director Human Rights

Maxime 2 (003)

Maxime Belingheri
Human Rights Manager

SDG Benchmarks: Science-based Emission Reduction Aligned with 1.5°C

Thursday 28 April 2022, 14:00 – 15:30 BST

Investors, customers, employees, and regulators are demanding that companies demonstrate strong action on climate change. The most credible and widely recognised action is setting a Science-based Target. Of course there’s more to this Benchmark than just appeasing stakeholders - 63% of CEOs who report to have set science-based targets say it is driving innovation in their companies.

Kirsty Green-Mann (003)

Kirsty Green-Mann
Head of Corporate Responsibility
Burges Salmon LLP

chendan-yan (002)

Research Associate

Emma Keller (002)

Dr Emma Keller
Head of Sustainability
Nestle UK

Kevin Dunckley (HH Global) (002)

Kevin Dunckley
Chief Sustainability Officer
HH Global  

Harriet Howey - Diageo

Harriet Howey
Global Non-financial Reporting and ESG Lead

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For further information on the United Nations Global Compact SDG Ambition Benchmarks, click here.
Contact Jessica Lobo, Programme Manager, Global Goals, for further details about the series and sponsorship opportunites.