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Breakthrough Innovation for the SDGs

Explore the potential of disruptive technologies to create the sustainable business models of the future.

Why Breakthrough Innovation?

Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a global imperative. It will also open up $12 trillion USD in economic growth, 50% of which is in developing nations. Achieving this ambition however is not going to come easily. It is going to require a change from ‘business as usual’ and a commitment to truly breakthrough innovation that challenges current mindsets as well as unprecedented collaboration across all sectors in society. Companies that champion breakthrough innovation to deliver more sustainable business models and products will not only help meet the SDGs, but will win in new emerging business opportunities.

Take Action on Breakthrough Innovation

The UN Global Compact’s Breakthrough Innovation for the SDGs Action Platform connects forward-thinking companies with some of the world’s leading exponential thinkers and innovators to explore how disruptive technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, the Internet of Things, and the sharing and circular economies, can help create the sustainable business models of the future. By connecting the corporate sustainability world with leading innovation centers, participants in the Platform will work together to create the sustainable business models and products of the future that address the SDGs and provide a gateway to new market opportunities.

Join the Breakthrough Innovation platform to:
  • Connect to a network of technologists, thought leaders and entrepreneurs building the business models of the future
  • Identify new business opportunities at the intersection of the SDGs and high-potential markets of the future
  • Design and test solutions powered by disruptive technology that addresses a sustainability challenge

Platform Activities

Over the course of a year, participants in the Breakthrough Innovation platform will have exclusive access to a series of curated content and activities including:

Breakthrough Innovation Knowledge Series
In-Person Workshops
Breakthrough Innovation Challenge

Access a series of online briefs, webinars, podcasts and case studies designed to help you put pioneering innovation into practice for sustainability.

Attend a facilitated workshop where companies will identify and act on areas of maximum impact at the intersection of sustainability and disruptive technology.

Take part in a seven-month program which brings together young intrapreneurs to design and test a sustainable business model that addresses a company-specific challenge.

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