Business, Investments & the SDGs: A Powerful Opportunity for Shared Prosperity

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
12:40 PM - 2:00 PM
Granite State Room
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Meyer, Cathy
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Durham
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October 1, 2019

12:40 p.m. - 2 p.m.
MUB, Granite State Room
Durham, NH

sustainable development goals

The United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an urgent call for action by all countries and provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. The goals recognize that ending poverty is inextricably linked with improving health and education, reducing inequality, and spurring economic growth – all while tackling climate change and preserving bio-diversity.

This event will explore the SDGs, and in particular, will explore the role of the corporate sector as a vital partner in the SDGs. Not only is the corporate sector a powerful lever for creating greater environmental sustainability and shared prosperity, but the business case for sustainable business practices gets even stronger each year. While a large body of research suggest that sustainability practices makes companies more efficient in their supply chains, and more competitive in their industries, a recent study by PwC found that while 72 percent of companies mention the SDGs in their reports, only 28 percent disclose meaningful key performance indicators related to the SDGs, and only 27 percent mention the SDGs as part of their business strategy.

In particular, our speakers will discuss the future of the fast-growing segment of the investment field, ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) investing, an approach that is rooted in the idea that all investments have health, environmental, and societal impacts. In recent years, ESG approaches have achieved increased prominence, now estimated to exceed $12 trillion in the United States, or more than 25% of total assets under management.  Leading mainstream investors have been advocating for practices that they believe will drive sustainable, long-term growth and profitability because of the growing understanding that the global landscape is increasingly fragile and, as a result, susceptible to short-term behavior by corporations and governments alike.

What does this mean for the future of business, investing and our society? Join our panel of leading experts to find out!


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