A new study by the UN Global Compact and Accenture shows that 87 percent of chief executive officers (CEOs) say the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals represent an essential opportunity to rethink approaches to sustainability, and nearly half (49 percent) say businesses will be the most important actor in their delivery.
The study, undertaken by Accenture Strategy and titled The United Nations Global Compact-Accenture Strategy CEO Study 2016, Agenda 2030: A Window of Opportunity, finds business leaders accepting a mandate to take the lead in solving societal challenges. The survey of more than 1,000 CEOs, who are already committed to sustainability through their participation in the UN Global Compact, shows that they now see a unique opportunity to reshape their industries and accelerate progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals.
“The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals gives companies a clear and universal road map to make global goals, local business,” said Lise Kingo, executive director for the United Nations Global Compact. “CEOs are accepting a mandate for radical action, and see a window of opportunity for transformation. At the UN Global Compact, we will engage businesses globally with governments and civil society on the SDGs, aiming to unleash the full potential of the private sector to reshape the global economy and deliver the world we want by 2030.”
More than 70 percent of the UN Global Compact CEOs surveyed believe that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide business with a framework to restructure sustainability efforts, and 78 percent already see opportunities to contribute to the global goals through their core business. Nearly all (95 percent) feel a personal responsibility to ensure their company has a core purpose and role in society, and 80 percent believe that demonstrating a commitment to societal purpose is a differentiator in their industry....
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