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2 Oct 2015

Adva Saldinger, Devex (USA)

Companies announce commitments aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals

"The private sector has a seat at the table, now it's time to step up", 30 Sep 2015

…It seems clear that despite virtually no engagement in the process of creating the Millennium Development Goals, business is proud of its role in the formation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Numerous business leaders…said that the involvement in crafting the goals has contributed to much greater buy-in among the private sector…But when you ask for a seat at the table, as many in the private sector have done, it also means you have to step up. And that is the task that now lies ahead. Companies are still familiarizing themselves with the goals and targets — there are some complaints about the sheer number of them, but the agenda seems to have been accepted…An emerging set of tools will also try to help companies through that process…[A] number of companies have already announced commitments aligned with specific goals and are planning to grapple with which targets and indicators are most relevant to their business…[Refers to Nestlé, Safaricom, Unilever]