Articles by Karen Newman
Nigeria-based Sahara Group has translated the Sustainable Development Goals into strategies that resonate alongside all facets of its work, says Karen Newman. The organization also helped bring together a variety of stakeholders – including young people, a network of companies dedicated to alleviating poverty and the government – to provide greater political traction and ownership of the SDGs.
With the one-year anniversary of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development approaching in January, a new report reminds us that the UN can and should play a more active role in educating and informing companies on the “universal” dimensions of the SDGs, and of the importance of continuing to translate the new agenda into language and simplified reporting metrics that are palatable for businesses of all sizes.
As we move from the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the transition process is filled with a mix of excitement, expectation and guarded optimism. Perhaps some of the early hesitation voiced by various stakeholders, in both the public and private sector, trying integrate the SGDs will come to pass. However, the flourishing ecosystem of large companies diligently working in corporate social responsibility, shared value and in the inclusive business arena is encouraging.
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