Global Compact Network Brazil 15th Anniversary Forum: The Importance of Integrating the Sustainable Development Goals into Business Strategy

São Paulo, Brazil

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(São Paulo, 16 May 2018) — Today, Global Compact Network Brazil held a Forum to celebrate its 15-year anniversary at the Modern Art Museum of São Paulo. The Forum brought together over 400 business leaders as well as high-level UN and Government representatives. Watched by more than 1,500 people on the livestream, panels at the Forum explored advances in corporate sustainability in Brazil and how Brazilian companies are contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Local and global speakers highlighted the role of both business and non-business organizations in topics related to the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact, such as the environment, women’s empowerment, human rights and practices against corruption.

Audience at Global Compact Network Brazil 15th Anniversary Forum – Photo credit: Global Compact Network Brazil / Ricardo Jayme

The Local Network is keen on supporting Brazilian companies in the creation of more sustainable outcomes for business and society. For this reason, the Network launched a new SDG Strategy that provides tools and solutions regarding integration of the SDGs into the core business of companies from different sectors and sizes. This Strategy provides a cycle that follows many stages. One of them is the SDG National Award, launched during the activities of the Forum. The Award aims to recognize Brazilian companies that have done an exceptional job to advance the SDGs in the local context.

The Forum opening panel was mediated by Global Compact Network Brazil President, Denise Hills; with the presence of the Resident Coordinator of the UN System in Brazil, Niky Fabiancic; and the National Secretary of Social Articulation (Segov), Henrique Villa da Costa Ferreira.

Opening panel with the Global Compact Network Brazil President, Denise Hills; the Resident Coordinator of the UN System in Brazil, Nicky Fabiancic; and the National Secretary of Social Articulation, Henrique Villa da Costa Ferreira – Photo credit: Global Compact Network Brazil / Ricardo Jayme

The Global Compact Network Brazil 15th Anniversary Forum was supported by Braskem, BRK Ambiental, Vale, Basf, FDC, Copel, EDP, Enel, PwC Brasil, Sanofi, Editora Brasileira and World Observatory of Human Affairs.


New Reports and Publications

During the panel “Fighting Corruption in Business Practices,” an unpublished guide on prevention against corruption, developed by the Global Compact Network Brazil with the support of civil construction sector — inspired by the UN Global Compact Anti-Corruption Collective Action — was launched. Another report, Integration of SDG in the Electric Sector, led by researchers from Universidade de Sao Paulo (USP) and Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Sao Paulo (PUC-SP), was also launched during the Forum. 

The Portuguese version of the 2017 report, An Analysis of the Goals and Targets, translated by Global Compact Network Brazil, was presented as the first publication that assigns indicators to the SDGs. The guide was originally developed by the UN Global Compact, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and PwC. The head of the UN Global Compact Local Networks in America, Javier Cortés; the Executive Director of the Global Compact Network Brazil, Carlo Pereira; and the CEO of the GRI, Tim Mohin, introduced the guide to the audience. The Portuguese version was sponsored by B3, SLC Agrícola and Grupo Sabará, and reviewed by PwC Brasil and Facisc.

The head of the UN Global Compact Local Networks in America, Javier Cortés; the Executive Director of the Global Compact Network Brazil, Carlo Pereira; and the CEO of the GRI, Tim Mohin, introduced the Portuguese version of “An Analysis of the Goals and Targets” to the audience – Photo credit: Global Compact Network Brazil / Fellipe Abreu

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Contact Details

Name: Bárbara Dunin
Title: Adviser
Global Compact Network Brazil
Phone
: +55 11 2500-5289
Email: barbara.dunin@undp.org
Local Network website: pactoglobal.org.br