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Making Global Goals Local Business – UN business & SDGs roadshow visits Bristol

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Following a successful event organised with and hosted by UWE in 2017, this month Bristol Green Capital Partnership was delighted to collaborate once again with the UN Global Compact UK Network on their cities roadshow exploring the opportunities that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can offer businesses, along with our fellow local partners Business West, The Initiative and Burges Salmon as our hosts.

What are the SDGs?

The SDGs are a globally-agreed agenda for sustainable and inclusive prosperity that ‘leaves no-one behind’. The UK endorsed the Goals along with 192 other UN member states back in 2015. Since then the Bristol SDG Alliance – a multi-stakeholder network of around 65 city contacts interested in the Goals, hosted by Bristol Green Capital Partnership – has been advocating for the practical use of the SDGs in the city, nationally and internationally.

Bristol businesses and other organisations are increasingly seeing the relevance of the SDGs to their work – across the environmental, social and economic dimensions of sustainability and across the private, public and third sectors – as a common language for global challenges and their role in addressing these locally.

Bristol City Council has also created a Cabinet ambassadorial role and the emerging One City Plan for Bristol will be aligned with city-relevant SDG goals and targets, while the Global Goals Centre project proposes to demonstrate the local and global relevance of the SDGs to school‑children.

A positive event

Around 80 delegates joined us on 6 November to consider how can business can contribute to achieving the Goals and benefit from doing so. Speakers from a range of organisations shared insights into how their business’ use of the SDGs has enabled them to take a long-term view, challenge their own business practices, stimulate new partnerships and collaborations, and demonstrate their contribution to society.

UN Global Compact Network UK have released an event report which shares some of the key insights from the day: download the report here.

Motivated by the event, several Bristol businesses have told us that they are looking at how they might use the SDGs in their responsible business and corporate social responsibility approaches.

We hope to share positive stories of their engagement and continue the momentum the UN Global Compact event has provided soon – watch this space!

More information

  • Keep up to date with future news and information about Bristol Green Capital Partnership and the SDGs by joining here. If your organisation is already a member and you would like to get more involved, you can register as a member contact here
  • Read our Bristol Method+ report Driving the Sustainable Development Goals agenda at city level in Bristol
  • Read more about the Bristol’s activity around the SDGs hosted by Bristol Green Capital Partnership here: The Bristol SDG Alliance has informed a Parliamentary committee inquiries into national SDG policy; commissioned a report into the SDGs & Bristol; and enabled an innovative role linking research into and engagement with the SDGs in processes, in the city and internationally
  • If you are interested in getting involved with the Bristol SDG Alliance, get in touch

 

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