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 consist six virtual live workshops of 1-3 hours each. These workshops will be monthly between January and June 2021. In addition, participants will have access to a learning platformon which additional training material is placed and participants can continue to talk to each other. Each participant will spend about 24 hours on the whole programme. These are not extra hours, because they will replace the old way of operations, value chain and production/service.

Participation in the SDG Ambition is free of charge.

The main language is English. The programme in the Netherlands will be hosted in partnership with Accenture.

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?

Applications for the SDG Ambition are open until 30 November 2020.

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: or Linde Reus, SDG Ambition Manager Intern:

Participating companies