The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) embrace a universal approach to the sus- tainable development agenda. They explicitly call on business to use creativity and innova- tion to address development challenges and present significant leadership opportunities for companies to develop impactful sustainability strategies. Contributing to the SDGs, positions companies to avoid future risks, take a competitive stance on solving key issues, and meet stakeholder expectations while enhancing their reputations. The interconnectedness of SDGs to business strategies, position companies well to establish and improve resilience and competitiveness.
Following on this, GRI South Asia and CESD have got together to start a regional ground-breaking initiative, Sustainable Development Goals Agenda 2030, focused on South Asian countries for the years 2017 & 2018.
The approach is be based on:
Structured eight online and face to face interactions with high level global and regional experts
Continuous engagement with professional team members of GRI South Asia and CESD
Exchange of global developments and regional consultations in periodic manner through two years
Sharing of reading materials and publications
The value proposition:
Understand all 17 SDGs in the business context to South Asian region based on internationally acclaimed content through the exploratory dialogue forum
Access knowledge pool from multi-stakeholder steering committee, regional experts and peers on all 17 SDGs
Assess the interconnection between SDGs, business risks and opportunities to drive stewardship for delivering high impact results
Build capacity for integrating SDGs in sustainability reporting with special focus on mapping
Engage with government to share outcomes of exploratory dialogue forum connecting private sector contribution to national agenda on SDGs
Contribute to the global list of business disclosures on the SDGs, to be presented during the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
Nomination of best practices of SDG reporting for handbook publication to be presented at the UN General Assembly
Demonstrate leadership to SDG contribution during all the eight dialogue forum and build on summary reports for potential promotion amongst GRI global network