The United Nations at the forefront on Sustainable Development

In late June, I was fortunate to attend the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2016 at the UN in New York.

This is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative and is a call to companies to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals.

This event, attended by business and political leaders from around the globe, provided a dynamic stage to globally jump-start business action on the Sustainable Development Goals. The Summit provided an opportunity to outline the journey ahead to turn global goals into local business, and leaders were able to jointly identify opportunities for action and innovation around the Sustainable Development Goals.

We were fortunate to hear some of the world’s leading voices on the new era for responsible business, including amongst others: Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary General, Alaa Murabit, from the Voice of Libyan Women, Adena Friedman, the President of Nasdaq and Susana Malcora, the Argentinian Foreign Minister.

Netafim has been an active member of this initiative since 2008 and is committed to the 10 principles which start with the company’s value system and a principled approach to doing business. This means operating in ways that, at a minimum, meet fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Responsible businesses enact the same values and principles wherever they have a presence, and know that good practices in one area do not offset harm in another. By incorporating the Global Compact principles into strategies, policies and procedures, and establishing a culture of integrity, Netafim is not only upholding our basic responsibilities to people and planet, but also setting the stage for long-term success.

The Summit also coincided with the UN LEAD steering committee meeting of which I am proud to be part. The meeting focused on Advancing SDG’s through core business, driving breakthrough innovations for SDG’s and shaping company-investor dialogue. There were interesting ideas, discussions and much food for thought.

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