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UN Global Compact launches Blueprint for Business Leadership on SDGs

The UN Global Compact has launched a Blueprint for Business Leadership on the SDGs to inspire all businesses — regardless of size, sector, or geography — to take leading action in support of the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Blueprint illustrates how the five leadership qualities of Ambition, Collaboration, Accountability, Consistency, and Intentionality can be applied to a business’ strategy, business model, products, supply chain, partnerships, and operations to raise the bar and create impact at scale. The Blueprint is a tool for any business that is ready to advance its principled approach to SDG action to become a leader.

The Blueprint’s SDG Briefs challenge business to think critically about how the five leadership qualities can be applied to its strategies in support of the achievement of the SDGs.

The Blueprint provides Briefs on each SDG, which call on companies to take ambitious actions that are built on strong foundations of integrity and responsibility. Companies are encouraged to adopt holistic and systemic solutions to achieve the scale of impact required for realizing the SDGs. Self-reflection is crucial to this, and the Briefs challenge companies to take full account for all of their impacts, both positive and negative.

The SDGs are all interconnected; and so are company impacts. The Briefs describe some of the key connections between business and each of the SDGs. They then describe how the leadership qualities of Ambition, Collaboration, Accountability, Consistency, and Intentionality can be applied to each SDG to achieve leadership.

Read the Blueprint here