Your best bet to get your head (and your business) around the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Aotearoa New Zealand SDG Summit is on 2 to 3 September at the University of Canterbury in Ōtautahi Christchurch.
Businesses are facing a raft of new decisions and metrics in the face of climate change, biodiversity loss and consumer pressure. Environmental, economic and social sustainability are now major drivers of a business’ competitive advantage.
So where can businesses start?
Answers can be found in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – 17 interlinked goals designed to be “a blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”.
In short, they’re a cheat sheet to get your business – and the world – better equipped for the future.
The best chance for businesses and individuals to get a grip on the SDGs is to attend the Aotearoa Sustainable Development Goals Summit, taking place at the University of Canterbury on 2 to 3 September 2021.
The summit is a two-day event focused on taking real action based on the SDGs and is classed as “far from your usual conference”.
It will include experts from the likes of Tonkin & Taylor speaking to natural hazards, climate change resilience and a host of other creative thinkers and innovators rethinking ‘business as usual’ with a focus on participant-led sessions, activations and sector-based kōrero.
One business embracing the cheat sheet is Lyttelton Port Company (LPC). Kim Kelleher is their Head of Environment and Sustainability, and said the SDGs are “a kind of recipe for creating the future”.
“Only by including all of the 17 ingredients can we truly achieve a future where people and planet can thrive,” Kelleher said.
LPC has developed a broad sustainability strategy informed by the SDGs, which provides “a broad picture of what is necessary for us to achieve a safe, fair and ecologically sustainable future,” she said.