Towards inclusive business models
The 17 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and 169 targets are part of the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development adopted by 193 Member States at the UN General Assembly Summit in September 2015. These goals are the result of an unprecedented consultative process that brought together national governments and millions of citizens from across the globe to negotiate and adopt a global path to sustainable development for the next 15 years. The SDGs are a call to action for rich, poor and middle-income countries to encourage prosperity and simultaneously protect the planet. As such, the 17 SDGs are presented in a way that they are mutually reinforcing. For example, SDG 1 "No poverty" depends on strategies that boost economic growth and meet societal needs (e.g. education, health, social protection and job opportunities), combat climate change and safeguard the environment - which are all individual SDGs too.
The Paris Agreement "COP21" was adopted by 175 parties (174 States and the European Union), on 12 December 2015. To address climate change, countries adopted the Paris Agreement to limit global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, and even down to 1.5 °C, to mitigate the catastrophic risks and impacts associated with climate change (ref IPCC report, 2018).
To invent this new "world" that will respect human and nature, we can now say that the UN and Paris agreements have set the framework. Now it's for us, the societal players - public authorities (governments), businesses and individuals, to do our part. At PwC, we are also convinced that we have a role to play. Our purpose is to build trust in Society and to solve important problems. Sustainability issues are in our eyes very "important problems" that we could contribute to solve. It is the reason why we have built globally and locally a strong team of experts who can help you to not only deal with the challenges but also turn them into opportunities.
Partner, Head of sustainability, PwC Luxembourg
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