SDG Ambition programme

Now more than ever, companies everywhere must unite in the business of a more resilient, sustainable world. Despite progress made in many areas, we are not on track to deliver on the SDGs by 2030 In fact, the United Nations Global Compact Progress Report 2020 reveals only 39 per cent of companies surveyed believe they have targets that are sufficiently ambitious to meet the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Less than a third consider their industry to be moving fast enough to deliver priority SDGs.

While 84 per cent of companies surveyed are taking action on SDGs, only 46 per cent are embedding them into their core business and only 37 per cent are designing business models that contribute to the SDGs.

The need for increased business ambition is clear. Led by the UN Global Compact in partnership with SAP and Accenture, SDG Ambition is an accelerator initiative that aims to challenge and support participating companies of the UN Global Compact in setting ambitious corporate targets and accelerating integration of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into core business management.

The SDG Ambition is launched during the WEF in Davos. Eric Rondolat, CEO of Signify, was one of the three speakers during the part for the local networks.

SDG Ambition will enable your company to move beyond incremental progress and step-up transformative change – unlocking business value, building business resilience, and enabling long-term growth.

What you will gain from the six months accelerator programme:

● A clear understanding of baseline impacts across the business in creating a comprehensive sustainability strategy.
● The ability to achieve ambitious goals aimed at galvanizing business action with what is actually required to achieve the SDGs.
● The how-to knowledge needed to integrate and mainstream sustainability goals across business units by pioneering a performance integration approach that utilizes enabling technologies.
● An opportunity to communicate and track progress over time aligned with the Communication on Progress (CoP).

Eligibility Criteria

The UN Global Compact invites companies to join SDG Ambition. In order to take part, companies are required to be participants of the UN Global Compact and to meet the following criteria:

  • The company is a participating company in one of the local networks of Global Compact and you are available to follow the in-country programme.
  • Dedicated to strengthen the business objectives and take actions to increase progress on SDGs.
  • Willing to appoint two representatives to participate in program activities and events and “Ambassador” at the executive level to follow the developments in the program, provide support and participate in high-level events.

Interested in participating?

Applications are now open for the SDG Ambition accelerator programme.

Applications are now open for the SDG Ambition accelerator programme.
Registration closes on 16 November 2020

Join your peers in kickstarting a Decade of Action! Apply via the website of UN Global Compactor contact Hugo van Meijenfeldt, Senior Advisor at Global Compact Network Netherlands.