I attended and presented at the recent United Nations High-Level Political Forum (Forum) which revealed slow progress on some of the world’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – but also showed that Imperial College Business School is ahead of the curve on identifying and developing solutions.
There is now an urgent need for everyone, not just governments, to work harder and faster to get the SDGs back on track. The Forum, made up of the most senior government officials and ministers from UN countries, gave a very loud and clear call for the private sector to be brought in to work with governments and NGOs to help achieve the SDG targets by the 2030 deadline.
Among the solutions identified was the need for companies of all sizes to embed corporate sustainability into their strategies, which in turn will help progress on the SDGs as they are primarily social and environmental targets.
Only a few big global corporates seem to have already done this successfully so far. Some large businesses and most SMEs across the world have still not considered how sustainable practices are good business sense. There is also very little awareness and understanding among companies about the huge potential business opportunities that the SDGs provide.
However, Imperial College Business School has been promoting sustainable business strategy, the ways it creates competitive advantage, and ways of implementing these strategies to support the SDGs, for a very long time.
I was at the Forum, at the UN’s headquarters in New York, in my role as Executive Director of AquaFed – the global association of private water and sanitation providers. Luckily my members have adopted the SDGs directly into their strategies, but my MBA gave wider practical and deeper theoretical perspectives from which to draw on.
My Global Online MBA modules were incredibly helpful as they gave me plenty of knowledge to speak confidently about corporate sustainability during my speeches and presentations at various Forum events.
I remember during our induction week on the MBA, the need for sustainable businesses was drummed into us. We heard from inspiring speakers who had put these strategies in place with astonishing results. Sustainability has been a theme throughout many of the core modules and there are specific courses addressing this issue in many different ways, for example, climate change and corporate sustainability, and competitive advantage.
The Business School and recent students have also recently completed excellent work or have ongoing work on a wide range of related to the SDGs and sustainability: Understanding Green Bonds, Climate Change and the Cost of Capital in Developing Countries and the strategic partnership with Climate Kic are just a few of the many examples. All this work is highly relevant as solutions for the problems highlighted at the UN Forum.
So if you…..
- Want more explanation about the SDGs
- Like me, want to help save the world with business solutions
- You see the SDGs as huge opportunities as I do and the Business School does
- You are already involved in developing sustainable business
Then please contact me as it would be great to find out what you are doing. Imperial students and alumni are obviously some of the finest minds to walk this Earth, so let’s put our brains together to good use and save the planet.