Published yesterday for the World Economic Forum in Davos! A new Business for the SDGs report from the Business & Sustainable Development Commission shows that sustainable business models could open economic opportunities worth at least US$12 trillion – creating up to 380 million jobs a year by 2030.
The Sustainable Development Goals—also called the Global Goals—offer companies a tremendous new growth strategy that could also help rebuild trust with society. The Better Business, Better World report shows how pursuing the Global Goals could raise trillions in new market opportunities in ways that extend prosperity to all.
We're thrilled to start 2017 with an amazing feature story about AIM2Flourish in Beyond Magazine from the Weatherhead School of Management.
“Our theory is that the world is going to get better because of business,” says Roberta Baskin, executive director of a two-year-old initiative called AIM2Flourish. “It’s not governments or NGOs that are going to accomplish this ambitious program.”
That’s the philosophy that drives AIM2Flourish, which defines itself as “the world’s first global initiative steering future business leaders towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals and a flourishing world for all.” It’s an initiative of the Weatherhead School of Management’s Fowler Center, and has created a curriculum for business schools around the world built around the role of business in achieving the UN SDGs. Students are challenged to find and research for-profit companies creating innovations that contribute to achievement of one or more of the SDGs. The students interview a business leader in each company and write a narrative about that initiative. AIM2Flourish acts as a platform for the exchange of these stories, as well as videos and resources for business schools incorporating this program into their classroom instruction.
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The UN Global Goals, formally known as the UN Sustainable Development Goals or the SDGs, are the world's "must-do list" from today until 2030.
The Global Goals were ratified by 193 nation states in September 2015. The Global Goals represent the first time that the leaders of the world managed to comes up with a plan for the future that encompasses what's needed for people, the planet, for peace and prosperity
The plan has 17 goals and a 169 performance indicators against which leaders can be measured over the next fifteen years. Leaders have also agreed to set up an annual auditing process through the High Level Political Forum and to continuously engage at regional and national level with their people to discuss how they are getting on with this plan.
Many people thought that this plan idealistic and had no real chance of success. But during the first year, we have seen unprecedented energy on the part of government and also civil society, business, creative communities and the media. The truth is that the Global Goals represent our best, finest chance to ensure a livable future for generations to come. And beyond livable, a future where people thrive, nature flourishes and business prosper.
AIM2Flourish is proud to be part of the UN Global Goals movement, and to support higher education in preparing future business leaders to achieve them. As well, all the AIM2Flourish Innovation Stories written by business students recognize and celebrate business leaders for the SDGs today. Please join us at AIM2Flourish.com/signup.
Encuentro de Profesores
13 December, online
AIM2Flourish Year-End Professor Appreciation Calls
14 December, online (8am and 4pm EST)
AIM2Flourish Professor Faculty Fair Calls
18 Jan, online
We're planning lots of ways to support your local AIM2Flourish recognition events as part of the global celebration for the inaugural Flourish Prizes in June 2017.
Please send your photos, videos, and links to [email protected] so we can share them on social media and at the Fourth Global Forum.
To support you in recognizing your students, the business leaders they wrote about in their AIM2Flourish Innovation Stories, and your fellow professors, we've created certificates that you can customize and print out (see links below):
If you have any questions about using these certificates, please send a note to AIM2Flourish Professor Support at [email protected].
AIM2Flourish actively seeks scholarly collaboration with our global professor community. Please reach out to Isabel Rimanoczy, AIM2Flourish Global Academic Ambassador, at [email protected] for more information.
Here is a list of current collaboration opportunities:
Help us Reach our 2017 Funding Goals
Give $1 for your Favorite UN Global Goal
Contribute $17 for all 17 UN Global Goals
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AIM2Flourish inspires action for the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Business as an Agent of World Benefit and is an initiative of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at the Weatherhead School of Management - Case Western Reserve University.
Supporting AIM2Flourish makes you an inspirational early-adopter champion for the “World’s To-Do List” — the 17 goals that must be achieved by 2030. Your contribution supports our global network of higher education institutions, professors, business leaders, and most importantly, students – the talented business leaders of tomorrow.
Championing AIM2Flourish demonstrates what you believe in and what you care about. Your donation supports the world’s first-and-only higher-education curriculum for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, that we offer to the world’s business professors.
Your donation makes solving the UN Global Goals a priority with business school students worldwide by funding awareness campaigns and educational opportunities. You will accelerate the spirit of “doing good, and doing well” for businesses to achieve a flourishing world for all.
GIVE MORE! Our sponsorship opportunities include ongoing exposure on our websites, social media, newsletters, and marketing materials. Your championship can be tailored to your giving level to have the greatest impact for world benefit. Please contact AIM2Flourish Executive Director Roberta Baskin at 202/246-1045 or [email protected].
A Special Welcome to Sustainable Brands New Metrics Attendees:
AIM2Flourish.com is a movement to change business for the better, by helping business students discover, report on, and be inspired by world-benefiting business leaders.
Our Invitations: We'd love to have your brand showcased on AIM2Flourish.com as a business that's championing the UN SDGs & building a better world for all. We'd also be honored to have your thought partnership about how AIM2Flourish can best serve the Business for Good community as a whole. To learn more, please contact Claire Sommer, AIM2Flourish Communications Director at [email protected] or +1 917-834-0323, or contact her via the Sustainable Brands New Metrics app.
In September 2015, the entire world voted on the 17 biggest challenges facing humanity and pledged to solve them by 2030. These are the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Today, the world's business leaders are starting to be aware of the SDGs, but in large part they don't know how to profitably take action to end poverty, mainstream clean energy, champion universal education, and more. What’s needed is a powerful mindset shift: from solving ongoing problems to innovating solutions that end them forever. This gap presents an incredible opportunity for business educators to make action — not awareness — about the UN SDGs action real and relevant in their studies, universities, workplaces and the marketplace. And it must all happen fast enough to meet the world's 2030 deadline.
At AIM2Flourish, we believe that responsible leaders who do good and do well are everywhere, but we don’t hear about them enough. As the world’s first experiential curriculum for the SDGs and Business for Good story platform, the AIM2Flourish assignment accelerates the jump from awareness to action by connecting students with leaders who are already solving SDGs challenges.
Here’s how and why AIM2Flourish works: We support responsible management education with the world’s first higher-education curriculum for the SDGs to accelerate the evolution of business in service of, and steward to, human society and the earth.
Using the SDGs as their lens and guided by their professor, students identify a world-benefitting business innovation and interview a business leader about it using Appreciative Inquiry techniques. The students’ stories live on AIM2Flourish.com as sources of inspiration for others. Students tell us that writing an AIM2Flourish story about a business innovation is transformational — it changes how they think about business' potential for good, and how they see their own potential to be positive social innovators. The business leaders who are interviewed tell us that they see their accomplishments in a new light, feel recommitted to business practices that do good, and appreciate meeting rising talent. These new relationships have led to jobs, internships and even a board seat offer. As a result of this initiative, students will enter the business world as SDGs-ready leaders to do well by doing good responsibly.
We will celebrate the best-of-the-best stories and recognize students, professors, and business leaders with the first 17 Flourish Prizes, selected by a jury of business and academia leaders, at the June 2017 Fourth Global Forum at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
Many students are writing about business leaders in service to big environmental challenges, such as the Indonesian company creating plastic bags made of tapioca that bio-degrade in just 2 weeks, instead of 500 years. Other students are writing about positive health innovations, like the Lucky Iron Fish, a social enterprise started by University of Guelph business student Gavin Armstrong. Armstrong’s innovation helps combat iron deficiency in Cambodia with a small fish-shaped iron ingot that, when boiled with a meal for 10 minutes, releases a significant portion of a person's daily iron intake requirements. Browse more AIM2Flourish stories here.
As of November 2016, we have just over 5,000 days to meet the September 25, 2030 goal. In that time, we need new business solutions to be discovered, implemented, improved, and deployed at speeds and scale never before attempted. It all adds up to trillions of dollars of business opportunity that can be won by innovative, collaborative, entrepreneurial leaders.
We’d love to share the AIM2Flourish initiative with the 4th International Conference on Responsible Leadership community. Our keynote presentation will highlight exemplar AIM2Flourish stories to uplift, inspire and educate. As well, we are eager to hear this community’s recommendations for how to amplify our work and champion Responsible Leadership in more powerful ways.
AIM2Flourish is an initiative of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at the Weatherhead School of Management’s Case Western Reserve University, and founding co-sponsors UN Global Compact PRME and the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI).
In September 2016, AIM2Flourish was named as the student engagement platform partner for the UN’s Global Solutions Platform of business solutions for the SDGs. Launching in May 2017, the Global Solutions Platform will become the world’s most comprehensive resource for business solutions for the SDGs.
AIM2Flourish is a featured initiative for the Collaboratory for Responsible Management Education co-announced October 4 by GRLI, UN Global Compact, PRME, AACSB International, and EFMD.
Roberta Baskin, AIM2Flourish Executive Director, [email protected]
Claire Sommer, AIM2Flourish Communications Director, [email protected]
David Cooperrider, PhD (GRS '86, organizational behavior), is a Distinguished University Professor and the Fairmount Santrol - David L. Cooperrider Professor in Appreciative Inquiry.
"Years ago, I developed an approach to scholarship called "Appreciative Inquiry [AI]." It is a way of designing questions that allows us to dream and devise big ideas together, instead of focusing solely on problems. It can quickly bring out the best in people and has been adopted by businesses worldwide.
In 1998, the Dalai Lama and others were developing a forum to bring leaders of all the world's religions together in dialogue, and his assistant asked if I would design and facilitate the events—and develop five opening questions.
I immediately thought, "This is way out of my league."
But I felt it would be a huge privilege.
For two full weeks, I developed those questions. I'd write them, then throw them away. I'd write them again and throw them away. I knew how critical it was. If the questions were right, miracles were possible. The first, for example, asked participants to describe a time when they saw clarity about their life's purpose. I wanted them to connect with each other's faith traditions. Imagine seeing the Dalai Lama ask a Greek Orthodox bishop the questions.
The event was a success. It changed my life to work with so many remarkable people.
Our next meeting was with former President Jimmy Carter at the Carter Center. There have been many similar events since that first one. And then a United Religions Initiative that uses AI was born and now has 699 centers around the world.
The first event stands out as one of the high moments of my career because it taught me that we live in worlds that our questions create."