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  • Just 3 DAYS LEFT in our crowdfunding campaign!

    Give $17 for the 17 #SDGs

    Thanks to the amazing generosity of our wonderful visionary leader Professor David Cooperrider, every dollar you give will be matched by him up to $1k.

    Powered by Appreciative Inquiry, business students around the world have published 495+ stories about profitable, positive innovations that are meeting the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    Support AIM2Flourish and join these students as champions for the “World’s To-Do List."

    Even a small donation can make a big difference in helping us continue to shine a bright light on what business and our business leaders of tomorrow are doing to create a more sustainable and flourishing world.

    Click here for the AIM2Flourish Crowdfunding Campaign

     

  • Just 3 DAYS LEFT in our crowdfunding campaign! Give $17 for the 17 #SDGs Thanks to the amazing generosity of our wonderful visionary leader Professor David Cooperrider, every dollar you give will be matched by him up to $1k. Powered by Appreciative Inquiry, business students around the world have published 495+ stories about profitable, positive innovations that are meeting the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Support AIM2Flourish and join these students as champions for the “World’s To-Do List." Even a small donation can make a big difference in helping us continue to shine a bright light on what business and our business leaders of tomorrow are doing to create a more sustainable and flourishing world. Click here for the AIM2Flourish Crowdfunding Campaign  
    Apr 28, 2017 282
  • 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.

    Read the Report.

  • 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. Read the Report.
    Jan 17, 2017 420
  • We're thrilled to start 2017 with an amazing feature story about AIM2Flourish in Beyond Magazine from the Weatherhead School of Management.

    Beyond the Green Office: AIM2Flourish

    “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.

    ... Continue Reading ...

  • We're thrilled to start 2017 with an amazing feature story about AIM2Flourish in Beyond Magazine from the Weatherhead School of Management. Beyond the Green Office: AIM2Flourish “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. ... Continue Reading ...
    Jan 04, 2017 379
  • 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.

  • 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.
    Jan 03, 2017 390
  • 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.

    Links:

    AIM2Flourish.com: 250+ Business for Good Stories

    AIM2Flourish Curriculum & Professor Resources

    What Is AIM2Flourish? Interview with AACSB’s EVP Dan Le Clair

     

    Contact:
    Roberta Baskin, AIM2Flourish Executive Director, [email protected]

    Claire Sommer, AIM2Flourish Communications Director, [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. Links: AIM2Flourish.com: 250+ Business for Good Stories AIM2Flourish Curriculum & Professor Resources What Is AIM2Flourish? Interview with AACSB’s EVP Dan Le Clair   Contact: Roberta Baskin, AIM2Flourish Executive Director, [email protected] Claire Sommer, AIM2Flourish Communications Director, [email protected]
    Nov 14, 2016 430
  • Our AIM2Flourish students are all over the world--in 46 countries as of July 2016.

    We're glad to say that businesses who are working on the Global Goals are all over the world too.

    Here's an interactive map to help you zoom in on what your country's businesses are doing, and find a specific business you might want to write about for your AIM2Flourish assignment.

    Global Overview Map of Business Contributions to the Global Goals: http://www.businessfor2030.org/global-overview/

    Source: Businessfor2030.org

  • Our AIM2Flourish students are all over the world--in 46 countries as of July 2016. We're glad to say that businesses who are working on the Global Goals are all over the world too. Here's an interactive map to help you zoom in on what your country's businesses are doing, and find a specific business you might want to write about for your AIM2Flourish assignment. Global Overview Map of Business Contributions to the Global Goals: http://www.businessfor2030.org/global-overview/ Source: Businessfor2030.org
    Jul 28, 2016 634
  • Want to be inspired by what business all around the world are doing to help achieve the UN Global Goals? Searching for ideas for your your AIM2Flourish story? Look no further--this link takes you to real examples of businesses that are working hard on the Global Goals for our collective flourishing future

    Click here to read Businesses for the Global Goals Case Studies: http://www.businessfor2030.org/business-sdgs

  • Want to be inspired by what business all around the world are doing to help achieve the UN Global Goals? Searching for ideas for your your AIM2Flourish story? Look no further--this link takes you to real examples of businesses that are working hard on the Global Goals for our collective flourishing future Click here to read Businesses for the Global Goals Case Studies: http://www.businessfor2030.org/business-sdgs
    Jul 28, 2016 373
  • The June 23-23 UN Global Compact Leaders Summit in New York City was an incredible opportunity to see how business is stepping up to help the world achieve the 17 UN Global Goals by 2030.

    This graphic shows how the UN Global Goals are interconnected.

     

    The event generated a lot of media coverage. We thought you might be interested in seeing some of the different perspectives from around the world and from various sectors:

    United Nations:

    http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=54296#.V3V54KK3nic

     

    UN Global Compact Executive Director Lise Kingo:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lise-kingo/lets-make-global-goals-lo_b_10608958.html

     

    Digital Media: Mashable

    http://mashable.com/2016/06/23/business-sustainable-development-goals/#9czxK6myosqw

     

    CEOs: Mads Nipper, Grundfos

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mads-nipper/sustainability-is-a-minds_b_10608478.html

     

    Business Community: Thompson Reuters

    http://www.triplepundit.com/2016/06/building-better-world-together/#

     

    Development Community: DEVEX

    https://www.devex.com/news/un-global-compact-summit-sustainability-critical-to-ceos-88349

     

    View from Business Research Community: Accenture

    http://www.justmeans.com/blogs/ungc-accenture-study-finds-ceos-ready-to-embrace-sustainability

     

    Higher Education: Penn State Smeal College of Business

    http://news.psu.edu/story/415488/2016/06/21/impact/penn-state-smeal-invited-united-nations-corporate-sustainability

     

    Fashion Industry: Stella McCartney

    http://www.ecouterre.com/stella-mccartney-explains-how-fashion-impacts-endangered-forests/

  • The June 23-23 UN Global Compact Leaders Summit in New York City was an incredible opportunity to see how business is stepping up to help the world achieve the 17 UN Global Goals by 2030. This graphic shows how the UN Global Goals are interconnected.   The event generated a lot of media coverage. We thought you might be interested in seeing some of the different perspectives from around the world and from various sectors: United Nations: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=54296#.V3V54KK3nic   UN Global Compact Executive Director Lise Kingo: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lise-kingo/lets-make-global-goals-lo_b_10608958.html   Digital Media: Mashable http://mashable.com/2016/06/23/business-sustainable-development-goals/#9czxK6myosqw   CEOs: Mads Nipper, Grundfos http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mads-nipper/sustainability-is-a-minds_b_10608478.html   Business Community: Thompson Reuters http://www.triplepundit.com/2016/06/building-better-world-together/#   Development Community: DEVEX https://www.devex.com/news/un-global-compact-summit-sustainability-critical-to-ceos-88349   View from Business Research Community: Accenture http://www.justmeans.com/blogs/ungc-accenture-study-finds-ceos-ready-to-embrace-sustainability   Higher Education: Penn State Smeal College of Business http://news.psu.edu/story/415488/2016/06/21/impact/penn-state-smeal-invited-united-nations-corporate-sustainability   Fashion Industry: Stella McCartney http://www.ecouterre.com/stella-mccartney-explains-how-fashion-impacts-endangered-forests/
    Jul 06, 2016 527
  • The AIM2Flourish team attended last week’s June 22-23 UN Global Compact Leaders Summit in New York City. AIM2Flourish Executive Director Roberta Baskin, AIM2Flourish Professor Nurete Brenner, and AIM2Flourish Communications Director Claire Sommer joined nearly 600 business leaders from 75 countries and leaders from civil society, the UN and Government to advance private sector actions for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

    The UN Sustainable Development Goals are the world's to-do list for the next 15 years.

    Highlights included meeting with AIM2Flourish professors and colleagues from Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Hong Kong. As well, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened the event with an address to attendees and UN Global Compact Executive Director Lise Kingo shared how companies can transform their business models to responsibly meet the needs of society, tap into new markets and achieve success.

    The summit explored how the U.N.’s newly adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—the world’s to-do list through 2030—are a once-in-a-generation opportunity for business, government, and civil society to innovate, invest and collaborate to create a more sustainable future.

    "To meet the SDGs by 2030, the time to act is now. Many companies are already starting to look through the SDG lens – imagining how their operations, products and services can support the realities of our planet and better serve markets both today and in the future," stated Kingo. "It is so encouraging that a growing number of CEOs already recognize that the SDGs offer a roadmap for business to rethink approaches to sustainable value creation – but the challenge now is scaling up this movement to include companies everywhere."

    AIM2Flourish helps meet that challenge by being the world’s first global initiative steering future business leaders towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals and a flourishing world for all. It offers a highly adaptable, professor-facilitated curriculum, that combines classroom learning about transformative business models with the outside experience of students interviewing innovative CEOs.

    Left Photo: AIM2Flourish Executive Director Roberta Baskin, Professor Shirley Yeung from Hang Seng Management College in Hong Kong, GRLI Managing Director John North, Professor Sheila Killian from University of Limerick's Kemmy Business School, and AIM2Flourish Communications Director Claire Sommer. Right Photo: Professor Ruben Burga from the University of Guelph and Roberta Baskin

    Students experience "Do Good, Do Well" leadership first-hand through conversations with business leaders and publishing their stories of innovation on AIM2Flourish.com. Demonstrating global reach, scalability, and impact potential, AIM2Flourish’s partners reach more than 2,100 management schools worldwide and the global “business for good” community.

    Using the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development as their lens, students research and identify innovation and interview the business leaders responsible for it. Their stories live on the AIM2Flourish.com platform as sources of inspiration for others. The best-of-the-best stories and the students, professors, and business leaders who helped bring these stories to life will be honored with the first Flourish Prizes at the June 2017 Fourth Global Forum at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

    About AIM2Flourish
    AIM2Flourish.com is supported by the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit in the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. AIM2Flourish is co-sponsored by the UN Global Compact PRME, GRLI and other business partners. Please see AIM2FlourishTeam.com for more information or contact Claire Sommer, AIM2Flourish Communications Director at [email protected] or +1 917-834-0323.

    About the Fourth Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit
    Please visit http://globalforumbawb.com/ for more information.

  • The AIM2Flourish team attended last week’s June 22-23 UN Global Compact Leaders Summit in New York City. AIM2Flourish Executive Director Roberta Baskin, AIM2Flourish Professor Nurete Brenner, and AIM2Flourish Communications Director Claire Sommer joined nearly 600 business leaders from 75 countries and leaders from civil society, the UN and Government to advance private sector actions for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The UN Sustainable Development Goals are the world's to-do list for the next 15 years.Highlights included meeting with AIM2Flourish professors and colleagues from Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Hong Kong. As well, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened the event with an address to attendees and UN Global Compact Executive Director Lise Kingo shared how companies can transform their business models to responsibly meet the needs of society, tap into new markets and achieve success.The summit explored how the U.N.’s newly adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—the world’s to-do list through 2030—are a once-in-a-generation opportunity for business, government, and civil society to innovate, invest and collaborate to create a more sustainable future. "To meet the SDGs by 2030, the time to act is now. Many companies are already starting to look through the SDG lens – imagining how their operations, products and services can support the realities of our planet and better serve markets both today and in the future," stated Kingo. "It is so encouraging that a growing number of CEOs already recognize that the SDGs offer a roadmap for business to rethink approaches to sustainable value creation – but the challenge now is scaling up this movement to include companies everywhere."AIM2Flourish helps meet that challenge by being the world’s first global initiative steering future business leaders towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals and a flourishing world for all. It offers a highly adaptable, professor-facilitated curriculum, that combines classroom learning about transformative business models with the outside experience of students interviewing innovative CEOs. Left Photo: AIM2Flourish Executive Director Roberta Baskin, Professor Shirley Yeung from Hang Seng Management College in Hong Kong, GRLI Managing Director John North, Professor Sheila Killian from University of Limerick's Kemmy Business School, and AIM2Flourish Communications Director Claire Sommer. Right Photo: Professor Ruben Burga from the University of Guelph and Roberta Baskin Students experience "Do Good, Do Well" leadership first-hand through conversations with business leaders and publishing their stories of innovation on AIM2Flourish.com. Demonstrating global reach, scalability, and impact potential, AIM2Flourish’s partners reach more than 2,100 management schools worldwide and the global “business for good” community.Using the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development as their lens, students research and identify innovation and interview the business leaders responsible for it. Their stories live on the AIM2Flourish.com platform as sources of inspiration for others. The best-of-the-best stories and the students, professors, and business leaders who helped bring these stories to life will be honored with the first Flourish Prizes at the June 2017 Fourth Global Forum at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.About AIM2FlourishAIM2Flourish.com is supported by the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit in the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. AIM2Flourish is co-sponsored by the UN Global Compact PRME, GRLI and other business partners. Please see AIM2FlourishTeam.com for more information or contact Claire Sommer, AIM2Flourish Communications Director at [email protected] or +1 917-834-0323.About the Fourth Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World BenefitPlease visit http://globalforumbawb.com/ for more information.
    Jul 06, 2016 857
  • Read this blog post by Global Reporting Initiative called Revitalizing the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development

     

    ​The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an ambitious plan to change human society by addressing pressing global challenges such as hunger, gender inequality and climate change to name only a few. But the final goal, SDG 17, is more fundamental than the others, because if we fail to achieve it, we won’t be able to achieve any of the others. SDG 17 calls for the revitalization of the global partnership for sustainable development, an explicit acknowledgement that our collective ability to achieve the goals hinges upon our willingness to forge partnerships.

    ​“SDG Target 17 is in many ways the most important,” said GRI Deputy Chief Executive Teresa Fogelberg. “The challenges laid out in the other goals can never be achieved if business, governments and civil society organizations fail to work together. At GRI we have always sought to partner with organizations that share our desire to help create a more sustainable economy and world. It’s part of our DNA.”

    The specific targets detailed in SDG 17 refer to three systemic issues that need to be overcome and GRI is working on multiple fronts to accelerate progress toward the global goals by focusing on collaboration, innovation and measurement.

    Keep reading...

    ​ The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an ambitious plan to change human society by addressing pressing global challenges such as hunger, gender inequality and climate change to name only a few. But the final goal, SDG 17, is more fundamental than the others, because if we fail to achieve it, we won’t be able to achieve any of the others. SDG 17 calls for the revitalization of the global partnership for sustainable development, an explicit acknowledgement that our collective ability to achieve the goals hinges upon our willingness to forge partnerships.

    ​ “SDG Target 17 is in many ways the most important,” said GRI Deputy Chief Executive Teresa Fogelberg. “The challenges laid out in the other goals can never be achieved if business, governments and civil society organizations fail to work together. At GRI we have always sought to partner with organizations that share our desire to help create a more sustainable economy and world. It’s part of our DNA.”

    The specific targets detailed in SDG 17 refer to three systemic issues that need to be overcome and GRI is working on multiple fronts to accelerate progress toward the global goals by focusing on collaboration, innovation and measurement.

    - See more at: https://www.globalreporting.org/information/news-and-press-center/Pages/Revitalizing-the-global-partnership-for-sustainable-development.aspx?dm_i=4J5,4509P,7I7CFX,F1FH5,1#sthash.cKOcMemA.dpuf
    ​ The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an ambitious plan to change human society by addressing pressing global challenges such as hunger, gender inequality and climate change to name only a few. But the final goal, SDG 17, is more fundamental than the others, because if we fail to achieve it, we won’t be able to achieve any of the others. SDG 17 calls for the revitalization of the global partnership for sustainable development, an explicit acknowledgement that our collective ability to achieve the goals hinges upon our willingness to forge partnerships.

    ​ “SDG Target 17 is in many ways the most important,” said GRI Deputy Chief Executive Teresa Fogelberg. “The challenges laid out in the other goals can never be achieved if business, governments and civil society organizations fail to work together. At GRI we have always sought to partner with organizations that share our desire to help create a more sustainable economy and world. It’s part of our DNA.”

    The specific targets detailed in SDG 17 refer to three systemic issues that need to be overcome and GRI is working on multiple fronts to accelerate progress toward the global goals by focusing on collaboration, innovation and measurement.

    - See more at: https://www.globalreporting.org/information/news-and-press-center/Pages/Revitalizing-the-global-partnership-for-sustainable-development.aspx?dm_i=4J5,4509P,7I7CFX,F1FH5,1#sthash.cKOcMemA.dpuf
    ​ The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an ambitious plan to change human society by addressing pressing global challenges such as hunger, gender inequality and climate change to name only a few. But the final goal, SDG 17, is more fundamental than the others, because if we fail to achieve it, we won’t be able to achieve any of the others. SDG 17 calls for the revitalization of the global partnership for sustainable development, an explicit acknowledgement that our collective ability to achieve the goals hinges upon our willingness to forge partnerships.

    ​ “SDG Target 17 is in many ways the most important,” said GRI Deputy Chief Executive Teresa Fogelberg. “The challenges laid out in the other goals can never be achieved if business, governments and civil society organizations fail to work together. At GRI we have always sought to partner with organizations that share our desire to help create a more sustainable economy and world. It’s part of our DNA.”

    The specific targets detailed in SDG 17 refer to three systemic issues that need to be overcome and GRI is working on multiple fronts to accelerate progress toward the global goals by focusing on collaboration, innovation and measurement.

    - See more at: https://www.globalreporting.org/information/news-and-press-center/Pages/Revitalizing-the-global-partnership-for-sustainable-development.aspx?dm_i=4J5,4509P,7I7CFX,F1FH5,1#sthash.cKOcMemA.dpuf
  • Read this blog post by Global Reporting Initiative called Revitalizing the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development   ​The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an ambitious plan to change human society by addressing pressing global challenges such as hunger, gender inequality and climate change to name only a few. But the final goal, SDG 17, is more fundamental than the others, because if we fail to achieve it, we won’t be able to achieve any of the others. SDG 17 calls for the revitalization of the global partnership for sustainable development, an explicit acknowledgement that our collective ability to achieve the goals hinges upon our willingness to forge partnerships.​“SDG Target 17 is in many ways the most important,” said GRI Deputy Chief Executive Teresa Fogelberg. “The challenges laid out in the other goals can never be achieved if business, governments and civil society organizations fail to work together. At GRI we have always sought to partner with organizations that share our desire to help create a more sustainable economy and world. It’s part of our DNA.”The specific targets detailed in SDG 17 refer to three systemic issues that need to be overcome and GRI is working on multiple fronts to accelerate progress toward the global goals by focusing on collaboration, innovation and measurement. Keep reading... ​ The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an ambitious plan to change human society by addressing pressing global challenges such as hunger, gender inequality and climate change to name only a few. But the final goal, SDG 17, is more fundamental than the others, because if we fail to achieve it, we won’t be able to achieve any of the others. SDG 17 calls for the revitalization of the global partnership for sustainable development, an explicit acknowledgement that our collective ability to achieve the goals hinges upon our willingness to forge partnerships. ​ “SDG Target 17 is in many ways the most important,” said GRI Deputy Chief Executive Teresa Fogelberg. “The challenges laid out in the other goals can never be achieved if business, governments and civil society organizations fail to work together. At GRI we have always sought to partner with organizations that share our desire to help create a more sustainable economy and world. It’s part of our DNA.” The specific targets detailed in SDG 17 refer to three systemic issues that need to be overcome and GRI is working on multiple fronts to accelerate progress toward the global goals by focusing on collaboration, innovation and measurement. - See more at: https://www.globalreporting.org/information/news-and-press-center/Pages/Revitalizing-the-global-partnership-for-sustainable-development.aspx?dm_i=4J5,4509P,7I7CFX,F1FH5,1#sthash.cKOcMemA.dpuf ​ The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an ambitious plan to change human society by addressing pressing global challenges such as hunger, gender inequality and climate change to name only a few. But the final goal, SDG 17, is more fundamental than the others, because if we fail to achieve it, we won’t be able to achieve any of the others. SDG 17 calls for the revitalization of the global partnership for sustainable development, an explicit acknowledgement that our collective ability to achieve the goals hinges upon our willingness to forge partnerships. ​ “SDG Target 17 is in many ways the most important,” said GRI Deputy Chief Executive Teresa Fogelberg. “The challenges laid out in the other goals can never be achieved if business, governments and civil society organizations fail to work together. At GRI we have always sought to partner with organizations that share our desire to help create a more sustainable economy and world. It’s part of our DNA.” The specific targets detailed in SDG 17 refer to three systemic issues that need to be overcome and GRI is working on multiple fronts to accelerate progress toward the global goals by focusing on collaboration, innovation and measurement. - See more at: https://www.globalreporting.org/information/news-and-press-center/Pages/Revitalizing-the-global-partnership-for-sustainable-development.aspx?dm_i=4J5,4509P,7I7CFX,F1FH5,1#sthash.cKOcMemA.dpuf ​ The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an ambitious plan to change human society by addressing pressing global challenges such as hunger, gender inequality and climate change to name only a few. But the final goal, SDG 17, is more fundamental than the others, because if we fail to achieve it, we won’t be able to achieve any of the others. SDG 17 calls for the revitalization of the global partnership for sustainable development, an explicit acknowledgement that our collective ability to achieve the goals hinges upon our willingness to forge partnerships. ​ “SDG Target 17 is in many ways the most important,” said GRI Deputy Chief Executive Teresa Fogelberg. “The challenges laid out in the other goals can never be achieved if business, governments and civil society organizations fail to work together. At GRI we have always sought to partner with organizations that share our desire to help create a more sustainable economy and world. It’s part of our DNA.” The specific targets detailed in SDG 17 refer to three systemic issues that need to be overcome and GRI is working on multiple fronts to accelerate progress toward the global goals by focusing on collaboration, innovation and measurement. - See more at: https://www.globalreporting.org/information/news-and-press-center/Pages/Revitalizing-the-global-partnership-for-sustainable-development.aspx?dm_i=4J5,4509P,7I7CFX,F1FH5,1#sthash.cKOcMemA.dpuf
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