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UNDP: Small businesses, big goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and help ensure equality of opportunity for people across the world. The United Nation’s Development Programme (UNDP) is uniquely placed to help implement the SDGs. It works in some 170 countries and territories.

With Deloitte’s help, UNDP set up the SDG Accelerator. The programme accelerates solutions for the SDGs through the development of new business models, products and services. It is funded by The Danish Industry Foundation and is being tested in Denmark over the next two years with 30 Danish small and medium-sized industrial companies.

The benefits for businesses to get involved are two-fold. More and more companies are realising that the SDGs are important for their own innovation, growth and better competitive performance. After all, there could be valuable gains for those businesses that can develop commercial solutions to tackle some of the biggest challenges we face as a global population.

“With the SDG Accelerator, we see companies embracing more sustainable models. By applying their creativity and working with experts from the UN and innovation facilitators from Deloitte, small and medium-sized companies take the driver’s seat in solving some of the persistent challenges we face in society and develop new business opportunities.”

Bahare Haghshenas, Senior Manager in Monitor Deloitte

Cross-border problems and teams
By bringing together an international Deloitte Consulting team, we are supporting these small and medium-sized companies throughout the programme to develop their ideas. Applying our expertise, we use technology and tools over a six-month innovation process.

This includes a range of workshops, including the topics of problem framing, ideation, enrichment and finally integration, which is when they integrate, produce, distribute and sell the solution to users or customers. After we have helped the companies develop the businesses cases behind their ideas, we then showcase them for some of the country’s leading potential investors and business angels.

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