Sustainable Development Goals as a Driver for Innovation
Lise Kingo, Executive Director UN Global Compact, United Nations, New York
“Let’s build a strong responsible education management movement for creating the world we want”
The person giving the keynote address at the 3rd RME Research Conference was Lise Kingo, the Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, situated in New York. She argued that the adaption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement in 2015 were historic milestones for the way into a sustainable world. The 17 SDGs point out the objectives that must be achieved by 2030 and even though they present many current challenges of our world, Lise Kingo argues that they open up enormous opportunities, enabling the building of new markets.
There is a need for solutions that business can deliver. As SDGs reflect the complex environment, companies are required to follow the Principles of Responsible Management Education (PRME) and engage in the fulfilment of the SDGs in order to make good business and to better support our world. The world is full of radical exponential innovators proposing ideas about how to achieve the 17 SDGs, but there is only a short time left to make the goals come true.
Lise’s ambition is to personally approach companies that are not yet engaging in the sustainability topics with the goal to raise awareness and to break down glass walls. Global Compact developed a platform, where they invite companies to participate, giving them information about the goals and facilitating more interactivity. If a company wants to have a breakthrough innovation, it needs to employ staff that have a sustainable mindset. It must be ensured that future business leaders have that certain mindset. They need to better understand their role in the private sector and must be empowered to become “changemakers”.
“We need future business leaders with skills for balancing the demands of business, innovation and SDGs.”
Lise Kingo is the Executive Director of the UN Global Compact which is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative with more than 13,500 signatories from 170 countries that have committed to aligning strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and taking actions that advance societal goals.