• Transformers: Age of Development

    Marina Ee, Shakalin Energy
    Natalia Gonchar, Sakhalin Energy Investment Company
    Sakhalin Energy

    When the new global strategy Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was introduced to the world in 2015, it quickly became clear to the business community that the time for tacit support was over: Companies are expected to play a significant role in meeting and advancing the Fab 17 – the 17 SDGs. They now face a choice: Either they can sail along or show courage and join efforts with other players to end poverty, protect the planet, and drive peace and prosperity for all.  more[...]

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  • Contributing to SDGs by Fulfilling our Social Vision

    CSR-Office Manila Doctors Hospital
    Manila Doctors Hospital

    Since the inception and launching of its Social Vision in 2012, Manila Doctors Hospital has proven that profitability and investing significantly in social responsibility programs can be done harmoniously and productively.  more[...]

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  • Andorra’s Challenges: A more Open and more Competitive Country

    Jennifer Dobarro Boyer, FEDA

    For 2017, Andorra has set itself the objective of consolidating the country’s efforts to open up beyond its borders, renew the Andorran educational system, and improve its communication infrastructure with the construction of a national heliport. However, one major challenge that stands out within the environmental arena is the commitment to energy diversification and sustainability.  more[...]

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  • Helping Entrepreneurs Accelerate Progress Toward the SDGs

    Steve Krouskos
    Ernst & Young

    At EY, we believe everyone should be able to contribute toward and share in the benefits of economic growth. With billions of people still living without affordable access to essential goods and services, that may feel a long way from reality. We are proud to be working with a new breed of impact investors and entrepreneurs who are making it their business to tackle this inequality, driving inclusive growth by generating better answers to some of society’s toughest challenges. When these businesses work better, the world works better, which is why helping to accelerate their growth and impact is a vital part of fulfilling our purpose of building a better working world.  more[...]

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  • Overcoming Barriers to Address Energy Poverty


    Today, approximately 1.2 billion people in the world lack access to electricity. A further 1 billion people are connected to the grid but suffer from unreliable electricity levels. With a mission of bringing power to the energy poor, SkyPower is focused on the development of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) energy projects to provide green, clean, and affordable electricity to developing and emerging nations around the world.  more[...]

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  • Projects

    Juan Ramón Silva Ferrada, Acciona

    The Social Impact Management methodology aims to integrate Social Impact Management into all levels of the process of identifying opportunities as well as bidding on and executing projects at ACCIONA, with a proactive focus on a commitment to the communities in which it operates.  more[...]

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  • MDGs and SDGs: Are the Concepts Compatible?

    Dr. Markus Loewe, German Development Institute

    For the last 20 years, the international development debate has been dominated by two trends that seem, at first, to be heading in a similar direction. However, under closer scrutiny, they differ with respect to their focus and underlying philosophies. On the one hand, there is the agenda of reducing poverty in developing countries in its various dimensions, which found its expression in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). On the other hand, there is the idea of sustainability that became popular at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 and that, at the Rio+20 summit in 2012, generated a parallel concept to the MDGs: the so-called Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  more[...]

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    Dr. Markus Loewe, German Development Institute 
  • Pre Organic Cotton Program: A Shift To Organic Farming


    In September 2012, more than 150 delegates from corporations, international organizations, governments, and NGOs around the world gathered at Business, The MDGs and Beyond – a forum run as a side event to the UN General Assembly in New York. ITOCHU Corporation represented the Japanese corporations that are members of the UNDP-led Business Call to Action (BCtA) and spearheaded a panel at the first session, “Innovative Business Models for Sustainable Development.” At the forum, ITOCHU presented the Pre-Organic Cotton Program, an initiative of its Textile Company, which contributes to overall development in the cotton farming communities in India through poverty reduction and improvements in farmers’ health and the farming environment.  more[...]

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  • Community Involvement and Construction Expertise

    Ann-Kristin Brönnecke, Hochtief

    For HOCHTIEF, bridge-building is a many-sided subject. It is both a core business and part of our corporate vision – and it plays an important role in the international construction group’s community involvement. Together with the organization Bridges to Prosperity and its own employees, the company is building footbridges in developing countries – with tangible success.  more[...]

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  • $37.7 Million in Contributions to Strengthen Governance and Economic Growth

    World Bank

    The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Transition Fund recently received $37.7 million from Canada, the United Kingdom, and France to support good governance, sustainable growth, and greater employment opportunities for youth.  more[...]

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  • GDF SUEZ Rassembleurs d’Energies for Access to Sustainable Energy for All

    Francoise Guichard, GDF Suez

    The GDF SUEZ Group, the world’s largest utility, is seeking to combat poverty and economic disparities with the launch of the GDF SUEZ Rassembleurs d’Energies initiative. This global initiative promotes access for the poorest populations to energy and essential services and supports the reduction of energy poverty. It provides socially responsible investment, donations, as well as technical and managerial assistance, with the GDF SUEZ Group coordinating these various tools in support of social entrepreneurs and nonprofit organizations.  more[...]

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  • EcoBusiness School Program

    Francesca Carnesella, Camposol and Copeinca

    To promote the integration of key thematic areas of environmental education in the country, a project idea was born: the EcoBusiness School Program. Created by the Institute for Promotion of Sustainable Development and supported by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Environment in Peru, the initiative began in 2010. The design of this enterprising program for environmental education was aimed at young people attending the last cycle of secondary education (15- and 16-year-olds). The main objective is to strengthen the capacities of young people in identifying the realities concerning the environment; understanding market development; understanding the procedures and challenges of building, managing, and administering an economic enterprise that has a positive impact on the environment; and developing leadership and management skills.  more[...]  login_required

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  • Changing the Way Corporations Source Energy

    Rasmus M. Schophuus , Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    Vestas Wind Systems A/S
    WindMade asbl

    WindMade™, the first consumer label for wind energy, is moving the discussion from how much energy a product uses during its lifetime to the embodied energy of the product. Created to drive the global adoption of wind energy, WindMade™ is designed to inform consumers about the source of the energy used to make the products they buy and thus encourage corporations to source renewable energy to run their operations and production. Launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2011, WindMade™ is backed by the UN Global Compact, Vestas Wind Systems, WWF, Global Wind Energy Council, Bloomberg, the LEGO Group, and PwC.  more[...]  login_required

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