Speech by Tine Roed, Deputy Director General at DI on Implementing and monitoring the environmental dimension of the SDG’s in Europe. (Nyt Europa - 21. november, Europæiske Miljøagentur, Kongens Nytorv 6.)
[Setting the Scene – Sustainable Development Goals SDG’s/Global Goals and Business]
The world faces a number of challenges, which range from climate, water and food crises, to poverty, conflict and inequality. These challenges are addressed in The Sustainable Development Goals, which also provide a common framework for collaboration to achieve the goals.
I see the challenges written down in the goals as an opportunity for business – because the Global challenges are in need of solutions that the private sector can deliver. The goals therefore represent a large and growing market for business innovation. - Innovation that is in the rush to transform business models and systems for the future.
All companies - no matter how large or small, and regardless of their industry, can contribute to the SDGs.
It is vital that business wanting to work for the achievement of the goals, first of all make sure that they do business responsibly, and then pursue opportunities to solve societal challenges through business innovation and collaboration.
Confederation of Danish Industry has supported the UN Global Compact since 2001, and we are the Danish Contact Point to the organization. We recommend companies, to incorporate the ten principles of Global Compact into their strategies and operations, -understanding that good practices and innovation in one area cannot make up for doing harm in another. The environmental dimension is therefore both in the area of reducing risk for negative impact and to seize opportunity to develop new products and solutions.
Two weeks ago, we held a large conference highlighting Danish Pioneers for Sustainability. We believe that finding solutions to future challenges will be the business of tomorrow.