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17 Weeks for 17 Sustainable Development Goals

In September 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs). If these Goals are completed, it would mean an end to extreme poverty, inequality and climate change by 2030.

A call to action for leaders to showcase commitments that are transforming business and the world.

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The Global Challenge

Over one billion people live on $1.25 per day or less. Most are in Southern Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Poverty rates are also high in many small, fragile and conflict-affected countries. To address poverty and its many manifestations, economic growth must include all segments of society, including the development of sustainable jobs.

The Business Opportunity

According to the UN Global Compact, recent experiences with economic growth show that “strong markets and strong societies go hand in hand”. Businesses have found opportunities in developing innovative products and services to serve communities affected by poverty, and in leveraging these groups “as consumers, employees in the value change, supplies/distributors, and community members.”

 

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