Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of global CEOs say technology supports the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Accenture and SAP announced at the Expo Talks: Global Goals panel ‘SDG Ambition Project: Profit for Purpose in the UN Global Decade of Action’ on 10 March.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has created huge challenges. But as we rebuild businesses, there is an incredible opportunity to re-wire the global economy towards a more sustainable future by harnessing technology and responding to consumer and investor pressure,” said Harry Morrison, Managing Director Sustainability Strategy and Services, Accenture. “CEOs need to integrate the Sustainable Development Goals into corporate decision making and business systems.”
The panel was hosted by Rachel Panaino, Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact Network UAE, hosted by the World Green Economy Organization, adding: “The time is now to make sure that the SDGs are put at the core of business purpose and strategies. Companies can take great advantage of leveraging technology to deliver action in line with SDG Ambitions and prioritize moving beyond incremental progress to achieve greater levels of ambition on the Sustainable Development Goals.”
“Delivering on our SDG Ambitions will be crucial to lay a strong foundation for the future of our communities and the environment. We are proud to partner with United Nations Global Compact Network on this journey,” said Anita Varshney, Global Vice President, Sustainability, SAP. “Technologies will accelerate this transformation, driving responsible production and consumption towards low-carbon, circular economies.”
Expo Talks: Global Goals is the ninth in a series of 10 thematic talks, bringing together influential policy-makers, thought-leaders, Expo participants and the public to help shape the thought-provoking content and conversations taking place during Expo 2020.