National Members’ Meeting: Partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals

Jun 13, 2018

VENUE: Deloitte, 29 Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2

TIME: 10am - 12 noon

Launched in September 2015, the UN adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, (SDGs): a set of 17 goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new global sustainable development agenda.

The SDGs position business as a vital partner to achieving sustainable development. They call for business to apply its creativity and innovation to solve global economic, social and environmental challenges.The SDGs recognise that while it is not the role of business to solve sustainability challenges, these challenges will not be addressed without business. Their achievement requires a new partnership model between stakeholders such as business, academia, civil society, and government.

Business in the Community Ireland

As momentum builds and governments worldwide bring in new layers of regulation for reporting on the environment, human rights, climate change, social and governance disclosure, Irish business needs to have an articulated position on the Global Goals, as stakeholders (be they government, customers, employees, civil society) will increasingly demand it.

The challenge before us now is to understand our role in achieving this agenda and to establish tangible actions we can take at a company level and collectively to make this future a reality and move towards a world where more and more sustainable business is more successful.

This event aims to start the conversation on where we are up to in Ireland, what is the scale of the challenge?

How can a business take action?  What new partnerships and industry collaboration are necessary and what are the government doing to support this agenda.

Business in the Community Ireland

The event will feature:

Keynote speech from our CEO Tomás Sercovich

Tomás will share insights from the progress in Europe, the new collaborations and partnerships driving innovation and the role of business to achieve systemic changes to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Keynote speech from Bernadette Phelan our Head of Business Advisory Services

The Irish Government recently launched the Irish Implementation plan, a national monitoring framework and the establishment of a  multi-stakeholder advisory group to support implementation.  As members of this advisory group, we will focus on the priorities to address key issues in Irish society and how Irish business can support this agenda.

Panel session with member companies on “Aligning your business to the SDGs” chaired by Suzanne Delaney, CSR Adviser, BITCI 

The aim of the panel will be to inform and inspire you with case studies of international and national examples of business using and measuring progress on the SDGs, to help you get from theory to practice and much more.

Workshop and round-table discussion

 


To register for this event please email events@bitc.ie and for further information on the event please contact Suzanne Delaney sdelaney@bitc.ie