With the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) now adopted, attention is shifting to how they will be delivered. While responsibility will ultimately fall to government, leaders across sectors now recognise that the challenges are too great and too systemic for any one of them to tackle alone, and that business’ contribution will be pivotal. There is growing appreciation that business is well positioned to drive sustainable and inclusive…See More
"Alongside undertaking due diligence to determine primary areas of impact, businesses, governments and civil society should corral around thematic issues in the SDGs. From our perspective, the recently announced Global Partnership to End Violence…"
"Partnerships are crucial to unlocking impact. It is hugely important for companies to get outside expertise- especially in the area of human rights. Critical friends can ask the questions that internal stakeholders can’t, offer insights on…"
"One of the clear lessons is that the private sector needs to be involved. It also seems that aggregate targets in some cases exacerbated inequalities. This is why a rights based approach needs to be front and centre of the SDGs. In that sense, it is…"
I agree with this- I posted on public procurement earlier and think it's important not to forget mandatory measures. There's business support for this also, with the recent Economist research indicating that nearly a third…"
"Yes, locating the business case is challenging. There is a longer term case dependent on reputation, supply chain safeguarding, employee motivation, market creation (e.g. if Unilever raises demand for more WASH products, including toilets, they sell…"
On the back of some work we did with the tour operator Kuoni on bringing Children and/or their representatives into an impact assessment process, we produced this guide that outlines the practical steps to take: ENGAGING…"
"Public procurement is another area that we could look at in terms of raising standards. The UK government buys a huge amount of goods and services from business. With £45 billion worth of contracts awarded to private firms each year- around…"
"Clearly, Government has a central role to play in driving up ESG standards and in terms of human rights are the primary duty bearers. Nevertheless, businesses can help raise the bar in that respect and use their incredibly powerful voices- both in…"
"Yes, in terms of specific issues, wages are clearly an area that remains problematic. Ikea became the first retailer to pay a living wage to all UK staff last week. That’s a fantastic commitment for which they should be commended, but there…"
"Where companies have undertaken impact assessments, this has helped focus where value chains and expertise can be harnessed for positive impact. If a company integrates the voices of the most vulnerable into its human rights impact assessments, it…"
"Yes, I agree. There is a challenge in terms of the transition from a traditional process for determining corporate sustainability priorities (considering the impact on an amorphous group of ‘stakeholders’ combined with…"
"I think there has been great progress in the sense that there is now an emerging consensus amongst businesses that they have a responsibility for their impacts across not just immediate operations, but their business relationships. Recent…"
"Thanks Zahid. This is Francis West at Unicef UK. I'm our Head of Private Sector Policy & Advocacy. My work focuses on supporting companies to implement the Children's Rights & Business Principles, which bring a child's…"
Francis from Save the Children here. I'm interested in how different businesses have operationalised an approach that maximises their impact on poverty. SAB Miller have quite an interesting experience in ranking - and…"