New York, N.Y., September 15, 2016 – Peter M. Robinson, president and CEO of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), will help lead a high-level dialogue on the private sector and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at this year’s Concordia Summit, which takes place September 19-20 in New York City.
Agreed by all UN member states last year, the SDGs encompass 17 broad goals and numerous targets to be achieved by 2030 through concerted efforts by governments, with the support of the private sector, including both business, philanthropy and civil society.
“The 2030 Agenda is a visionary and ambitious agenda for global development, one that the business community will need to play an instrumental role in achieving,” said Robinson. “This timely dialogue will provide an opportunity for the private sector to demonstrate the central role it plays in society, and to examine the management expertise and technical know-how that companies can lend to achieving the Global Goals.”
Last year USCIB launched Business for 2030, an ambitious effort to catalogue and catalyze company efforts to support the SDGs. The site has quickly become a go-to resource for all stakeholders interested in the SDGs to learn about what the global business community is doing to help achieve them. Business for 2030 now showcases 165 initiatives from 47 companies that cover 81 of the 169 SDG targets. These activities cover both philanthropic corporate responsibility initiatives as well as core business operations that all contribute to achieving one or more of the 17 Goals’ targets.
At the dialogue, which will take place the morning of September 20, Robinson will be joined by an array of experts, from the private sector and elsewhere, to explore ways in which companies can help advance the Global Goals. USCIB member companies represented at the dialogue are expected to include Novozymes, Walmart, Citi, Coca-Cola, Deloitte, PwC, Pfizer, MasterCard, Bechtel, Johnson & Johnson and GE (Africa).
In addition, John Danilovich, secretary general of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), will participate. USCIB serves as the U.S. affiliate of ICC as well as the International Organization of Employers (IOE) and BIAC, the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD. Each group is actively contributing to discussion of the SDGs at the global and national levels.
The dialogue’s other partners include the U.S. State Department Office of Global Partnerships, the USAID Global Development Lab and the U.S. Institute of Peace’s PeaceTech Lab. This year’s Concordia Summit will be held at the Grand Hyatt New York. More information is available at https://www.concordia.net/the-summit-2016/. The Strategic Dialogue will be live-tweeted from @bizfor2030, #bizfor2030.
USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and regulatory coherence. Its members include U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world. With a unique global network encompassing leading international business organizations, including ICC, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. More information is available at www.uscib.org.
Jonathan Huneke, VP communications, USCIB
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