The Global Sustainability Network
The United Nations, New York. September 28th 2016
September 28th 2016 —
The day itself added yet more richness and rigour to the steadily building context from the three preceding sessions. It began by reminding everyone of the important context:
This Link Takes You To The Preceding Sessions Context:
The Global Sustainability Network (GSN) — People Working For A Fair And Free World
Goal 8 — Decent Work & Economic Growth
There Are 12 Targets Within The Goal:
The GSN Is A Network And Platform Designed To Facilitate/Enable* Goal 8 — Everyone Working To Achieve The Goal — Connected As Effectively And Efficiently As Possible Towards 2030.
*By facilitating a global network of ‘members’ in this way the GSN indexes, introduces and helps in whatever way it can all those seeking to introduce initiatives to achieve the Goals.
The Global Sustainability Network (GSN)
Global, Sustainability and Network — are three very important words. By enabling a ‘network’ of the willing, the GSN facilitates, supports, connects and inspire the thousands of individuals and organisations on the road to achieving the aims.
All Over The World.
On Slavery & Trafficking in Particular
Human Beings are spiritual creatures and the degradation of others is something that every human being would find unacceptable if only they knew the facts behind this wicked and highly organised crime and business.
The challenge is that so many still don’t have the facts or appreciate the enormous scale that this issue has reached. So much of the UN work is not well communicated, many people have still not heard of the Global Goals — the messages are not getting down to grass roots level.
Hope alone is not enough, what is required and a patient and determined focus on the goals and the elimination of social exclusion. We have to fight the causes that will lead to us solving the problems
No country is immune from human exploitation. Every one has a story to tell.
Media is a strong focus of the day — they reach so many of us and have the power to mobilise and inform about what is really going on and also to highlight the suffering of too many of our fellow brothers and sisters.
We are connected by what we believe in, our work and our commitments. Across the world are others who feel the same as we do and share our passions and ambitions.
And We Can Only Win This Fight — Together.
The CNN Freedom Project.
The fact that slavery exists is a disgrace to all humanity
Media can amplify the story of the victims and of those who are working hard to change the situation. It can also connect those like minded people and make things happen that might have otherwise seemed impossible. Connecting people in need with people who have something to contribute.
It is important that the media tells a story that contains information that is going to help find solutions, not just to tell the story of the suffering.
Having major media outlet coverage will attract local media and this is key to raising awareness on the ground. It makes the story more ‘attractive’ to companies that might have otherwise ignored it. It can create the impact that makes everyone pick up the story — telling the stories that will cause a response.
Inspiring Others To Do The Same.
This is not a new challenge, media have faced this before on other topics (like HIV/AIDS). Having multiple outlets work together over a single strategy creates momentum and there are great lessons to learn from others. We know that it takes a story being told many times over before it has the impact needed to make people take action.
How do we talk about this outside of CNN? Take this to the next generation? A ‘My Freedom Day’ (March 17) is being kicked off next year. The younger generation can be very articulate and the best speakers and have a lot to say on this.
A Platform For Evangelists, Not Driven By CNN
ORB. The ‘Editorial Partner For The SDG’s’
Mainstream journalism can be too politically entrenched with the country/government view of the day to be able to tell an authentic story
It’s vital to tell stories that make the public feel a part of this challenge, to feel its more about us and not them. We have to collaborate. Today journalism is driven by national and cultural values. We need to diversify thinking and challenge assumptions.
The media has a responsibility to see itself as one over these big social challenges. This means shaking up the traditional editorial model.
- Gather deep data on the facts
- Explore and understand the facts
- Express what we have learned
- Assume the burden of accessibility — make the story available to as many as possible
ORB is interested in financial inclusion — something that’s integral to Goal 8. Focus on how the world learns about SDG’s — and tell the story in ways the public can connect to and own. Make the stories real and help people understand that they have a role in stopping the challenges
- Find audiences by subject matter
- A global outreach system to track organinisations and people
- Tracking connection through social media platforms
- Finding out what is being achieved
Jeffrey Brown — SOLD
Children who have been through these dreadful experiences need to be brought back into community and family. If we can bring them to a place where they can have a voice they — as survivor / leaders — can do more than anyone
Education is the best preventative measure. Children educated to age 16 are much less likely to be trafficked. It will take all of us to bring light into this darkness — faith, media, business etc.
Rebecca Van Bergen — Build a Nest
Breaking the non profit mould by using business to provide employment that save life’s of ex victims. A global coalition of brands to create awareness and visibility of supply chains.
Nest is a nonprofit bringing transparency, data-driven business development and widespread industry advocacy to global artisans and homeworkers. Nest is empowering women with the right to increased economic opportunity while preserving the world’s most treasured traditions of craftsmanship.
Nest’s model shows strong proof of concept for economic growth that trickles down to the individual artisan level and ripples throughout communities. Nest measured success across the following benchmarks in 2015:
• Average artisan business growth in revenue: 76%
• Average growth in production: 45%
• Average employment growth: 8%
Individual artisans impacted by Nest programming grew from 1,500 to 6,000 in 2015. Nest artisans earned an average of 120% above respective national minimums
Nest estimates a ripple effect of 20 additional people reached through each artisan impacted directly by Nest programming (including other members in the supply chain and family/community dependents).
Made In A Free World.
There is a fear of big goals.
It’s hard for Non Profits to innovate with such limited funds to tackle a multi billion dollar challenge. Yet we are talking about this sitting within a multi trillion dollar domain.
Influence every single B2B and B2C transaction. Make every single transaction influenced by the question — am I contributing towards slavery? Make everyone think about this in every transaction.
Make buyers choose the company’s who are taking a stand. Don’t tell the market place what to do, take a stand and influence it by changing behaviour.
“$88 trillion is spent every year by businesses and consumers. Together, we’re going to use the global marketplace to bankrupt the business of slavery.” — Justin Dillon
A universal way for looking into supply chains is key. Most companies don’t know what they are procuring. Until you know what you are buying its hard to know how to fix it.
This platform helps to show companies where there risks and opportunities are. It takes a map to make these connections and this provides that, A network that will influence 2 trillion dollars of purchasing power.
Rani Hong & The Tronie Foundation
The Tronie Foundation is causing a global shift in consciousness and behavior by exposing the human cost of slavery. The Vision statement — A world free of slavery with every individual experiencing equality and freedom to pursue one’s full potential.
The Freedom Seal is a visual marker of “freedom” from human trafficking, developed with insights from world thought leaders, supply chain experts and through insights and expertise of approximately 30 major companies across Europe and North America, representing a market cap of one trillion dollars.
- 66 percent of consumers in both the UK and the US would stop buying a product if they learned that its production used modern slavery.
- 10 percent would pay more for slavery-free products including food, tea and coffee, clothing and electronics.
Display the Freedom Seal. Companies that displays the Freedom Seal informs its consumers they are actively battling human trafficking. The Freedom Seal works in three key ways:
1. Use of the seal raises public awareness and forces people to be more aware about the social implications of their spending
2. The seal helps consumers identify companies who support organizations that care for human trafficking survivors.
3. The application process for the Freedom Seal helps businesses implement specific policies and procedures aimed at preventing forced labor.
According to UN estimates, 27 million people are currently enslaved across the globe. Photography is a powerful way to expose such a deeply human story.
ENSLAVED — A Visual Story of Modern Day Slavery is an exhibition in several countries of the world — it documents the lives endured by slaves and celebrates the freedom they never dreamed possible. It’s a powerful statement about one of the greatest human rights abuses of our time.
The images capture the experience of a moment lived in slavery, allowing the viewer to peek into the lives of those who are ENSLAVED. What we see are two undeniable truths — the extreme brutality of the situation, and the resilience of the human spirit.
The exhibition portrays survivors who are now rebuilding their lives and helping others to freedom.
A network of business schools designed to teach new ways to explicitly acknowledge the importance of making a pledge to sustainability — a parallel to the hippocratic oath.
A universal pledge that current and future business leaders can take that they will take sustainability into accounts in all aspects of the business. A beacon to guide behaviour
Students will be drawn to these companies — the ones that have taken the sustainability pledge. A platform where new learning and support will flourish
- Starting as a Voluntary Pledge
- Partner with Business schools globally
The discussion moved from presentations and short exchanges to a more open forum approach.
Time is short and we need to move to action. These events are powerful but ultimately it needs action —
‘If all of us knew what all of us knew we could solve the problem’
We want to affect peoples value systems and expose the evil for what it really is. These events remind us just how much passion, knowledge, insight and experience exists within this network.
We owe it to ourselves to capture as much as we possibly can, so that we can share, leverage and collaborate and join up diverse capabilities and backgrounds to best effect.
Every story written down and widely used
Every lesson recorded and made accessible to others
Every connection mapped and put into context
Every achievement captured and celebrated
Every new idea defined and assessed
Every piece of evidence harvested and validated
Underpinning All Of This Is An Ever Evolving Set Of Principles
- Collaboration across the network to maximize the efforts of the many individuals and organizations committed to the achievement of Goal 8 by 2030
- A constant focus on triple bottom line as being a critical foundation to all activity
- We don’t have the answers so we need the input from serious change makers around the world
- Putting structure behind the human spirit and using wisdom and insight to get practical traction
- Maintaining a spirit of friendship while using our own unique strengths and contributions to do something with others in this network — a movement
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