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Engaging the C-suite to reach global goals

Another supportive CEO is Unilever’s Paul Polman, who has embedded sustainable business practices into his company’s activities and has created added value throughout its supply chain: “The SDGs present a clear moral case for change, but companies must recognize that they represent the business opportunity of a lifetime too and must adapt to take advantage of it.”

. . . For all of the corporate embrace of SDGs, a long road is ahead. A 2016 report by DNV GL concluded that none of the Sustainable Development Goals will be met in all regions of the world by 2030, and not even half of the 17 SDGs will be met in any regions.

That’s a sobering analysis but contains an important call to action: “Extraordinary action is not the exclusive domain of the private sector. But what business does best is innovate, and lead technological development that can leverage vast global changes.”

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