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 believes that their sector is fast enough to achieve the important SDGs.

While 84 percent of companies surveyed take action on SDGs, only 46 percent are implementing them in their business strategy and only 37 percent design business models that contribute to SDGs. These percentages are not high enough.

It is clear that there is a need for more corporate ambition, but also that this ambition is translated into concrete actions. That’s why the UN Global Compact, in partnership with SAP and Accenture, launched the SDG Ambition Programme. 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. The SDG Ambition is rolled out by the local networks on a national level. In January the training program starts in the Netherlands.

SDG Ambition will enable your company to go beyond incremental progress and take a step further with transformational change – unlocking business value, building resilience and enabling long-term growth.

 

The SDG Ambition programme

The SDG Ambition programme consists of nine virtual live workshops of 1-3 hours each. This workshop are monthly between October 2021 and April 2022. During these sessions, participants work on challenging assignments, both alone and with other participants. By working together with people from other fields, participants are motivated to think out of the box and share knowledge and best practices.

In addition to the live workshops, participants will have access to an online platform where additional training materials will be posted. Each participant will spend approximately 30 hours on the entire programme. These are not additional hours as they will replace the old way of operations, value chain and production/service delivery. We recommend that each participating company has two representatives from the programme.

The SDG Ambition is open to members of Global Compact Network Netherlands. There are no costs involved in participating in the programme.

The working language of the programme is English. The programme is being rolled out in cooperation with Accenture. The live workshops will be hosted via Zoom.

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 formulating business action with what is actually needed to achieve the SDGs.
● The knowledge that is needed to integrate the SDGs and mainstream across all business units by pioneering a presentation integration approach using enabling technologies.
● An opportunity to improve the way you communicate and record according to the Communication on Progress (CoP).

For whom is the SDG Ambition?

We call upon all members of Global Compact Netwerk Nederland to sign up for the SDG Ambition. We ask participants to demonstrate commitment to strengthen the business objectives set and take measures to increase progress on SDGs. Each company appoints two representatives to participate in the program. In addition, an “SDG Champion” at the executive level is designated to monitor the developments in the program and provide support where necessary.

Interested in participating?

You can apply until 30 September.

Get started with the ‘Decade of Action and Delivery’ together with your colleagues. Apply via the website of UN Global Compact or contact Hugo von Meijenfeldt, Senior Advisor: meijenfeldt@gcnetherlands.nl or Linde Reus, SDG Ambition Manager Intern: reus@gcnetherlands.nl.

Participating companies

Ambition Guide: Setting Goals for the Decade of Action

This publication establishes the initial set of SDG Ambition Benchmarks that challenge organizations to set more ambitious goals and targets in the areas in which business is positioned to have a substantial impact. Business leaders can use this document to support their strategy and set goals ambitious enough to deliver the SDGs by 2030.

Integration Guide: Designing Business Systems for the SDGs

This publication presents the approach through which the ten SDG Ambition Benchmarks can be integrated into core business processes and systems to enable effective measurement & management of sustainability performance. Business leaders can use this publication to identify the system opportunities to integrate the SDGs into core business processes.

SDG Ambition Benchmark Reference Sheets (for consultation)

These documents provide illustrative details regarding the steps to integrate each of the SDG Ambition Benchmarks into a company’s business systems, as well as the key design decision required to engage technology partners.

SDG Ambition – Scaling Business Impact for the Decade of Action

This publication is an introduction to SDG Ambition — a new initiative of the UN Global Compact. By raising ambition, deepening integration, and embracing new technologies we believe business can become a leading actor in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With the launch of SDG Ambition, the UN Global Compact is proud to share its new SDG Implementation Framework, which aims to guide companies to deepen integration of the SDGs and Ten Principles into business strategy, operations, and stakeholder engagement.