"Thanks everyone - look forward to continuing our collaboration through action-based research, sharing examples and insights, and especially learning from the amazing practitioners who are working to build more effective and sustained linkages…"
"Lack of incentives and high transactions costs are major challenges. Taking a systemic and collaborative approach has obvious upfront costs in terms of time, money and other resources, for the companies taking a lead – even when there is a…"
"Totally agree Andres. This is where we need to focus much more intentionally and strategically on opportunities for pre-competitive engagement among the large companies. It seems to be that this is most likely to happen in specific countries and…"
"Andres makes a key point about the challenge of small businesses being so fragmented and therefore costly to reach and work with on a one-to-one basis for many large companies. This is where intermediary organizations like Technoserve, FUNDES and…"
"I really agree with the points that Jolene has made about the need for competitors to work together as well as the opportunity for other B-2-B collaboration. A major limitation is the “silo effect” - the fact that different service…"
"Hi everyone. I'm Jane Nelson, director of the Corporate Responsibility Initiative at HKS. I very much agree with previous points on starting with a more human-centered or micro-enterprise centered design and really understanding the context and…"
"Many thanks Paloma. Look forward to continuing to work with you and your team, and other great colleagues in UNDP, UN Global Compact and other parts of the UN system. It is really valuable for those of us outside the UN system to know there are…"
"Totally agree with you Barbara Ann. One of the most important differences between the SDGs and the MDGs is that the SDGs are UNIVERSAL. They are just as relevant for us here in the United States as they are for Uganda! But, I don't think enough…"
"Bianca's point about the influence that the UN has with national governments in terms of encouraging policy reform and helping to build public sector awareness and capabilities to enable business engagement in the SDGs is crucial. I think it…"
"In the report that we recently published with Business Fights Poverty, in partnership with the SDG Fund, we set out a 3-part framework to action: Inspire-Connect-Equip.
This outlines what the UN can do to motivate and mobilise many more…"
"You make a very valid point Segio. I think the answer connects back to the discussion strand with Jeff about the WEF-UNDP-Columbia guide of mining and the SDGs and the KPMG SDG Matrix model - we need more industry-specific, issue-specific OR…"
"Very much agree with points made by Bianca and others about the first imperative of assessing how the 17 goals and 169 targets align overall with the company's existing sustainability strategies and priorities; and then focusing on more…"
"To be effective and transformative in supporting the SDGs, business must play to its strengths. Its partners in the UN and elsewhere must understand and respect what these strengths are. This means focusing efforts on the activities and…"
"Absolutely - it's a valuable guide. The KPMG Industry Matrices for the SDGs are another good model you should look at - they've done them for the financial services and food and beverage sector so far."
"I think you are probably correct about this Mike. Certainly the issue-specific platforms such as Energy for All; Energy Women Every Child; Scaling Up Nutrition have great potential - especially with the growing focus on country-led action. At the…"