The Sustainable Development Goals also known as Global Goals were formally adopted by 193 member nations of the UN in September 2015 and are expected to tackle the world's biggest problems by 2030 by empowering people, driving prosperity, protecting planet, fostering peace and nurturing global partnerships. In particular, SDGs are a set of 17 goals with 169 underlying targets and 304 indicators. These goals were intended to carry forward the initial momentum built by Millennium Development Goals, with a relatively expanded scope of development.
The 2016 United Nations Global Compact-Accenture Strategy CEO Study 2016 reveals a window of opportunity in the minds of the world's business leaders and the results suggest that business leaders are committed to driving forward this universal ambition, forging a stronger global environment for doing business in the foothills of the fourth industrial revolution.
CEOs believe that Agenda 2030 provides an essential window of opportunity to rethink and reset approaches to sustainability.
This year, for the first time, the business leaders have accepted a mandate for radical change, harnessing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a universal roadmap for action.
Business leaders see a vital role for the Global Compact and its Local Networks as a global advocate for responsible and sustainable business, expanding commitment, catalyzing the business contribution to the SDGs, and driving impact on the ground.
Leading businesses are redefining competitiveness, and changing the world in the process. In an era of digital disruption and radical transparency, business leaders are grounding strategies for value creation in societal purpose. Against a backdrop of change as dramatic and uncertain as any in the last 250 years, the adoption of the SDGs gives the world a universal roadmap for development. The private sector now has a window of opportunity to reshape the way we live and work.
Over the next five years, and up to the 2030 marker, the UN Global Compact Network India aims to shift corporate mindsets and models everywhere in order to achieve the SDGs. No matter how large or small, and regardless of their industry, all business can contribute to the SDGs. While the scale and scope of the global goals is unprecedented, the fundamental ways that business can contribute remain unchanged. The UN Global Compact asks companies to first do business responsibly and then pursue opportunities to solve societal challenges through business innovation and collaboration. We are uniquely positioned and prepared to do so. We invite you to join us on this journey, and become a pioneer in the new SDG era. No one can do this alone. We need partnerships and collaboration as never before. The SDG provide a roadmap for the world we want, and the UN Global Compact provides the tools to help business get us there. But to reach our destination, we need the navigators and individuals who can turn goals and principles into concrete actions. The time to seize the opportunities and create the future we want is now - and the world depends on each of us to make it happen.
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