Perspectives

Celebrating the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals

Deloitte at United Nations General Assembly week

This year marks a key moment in addressing the biggest global challenges, as world leaders come together during the United Nations General Assembly to adopt the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, and the Sustainable Development Goals. Deloitte is led by a purpose–to make an impact that matters–and is committed to contributing to a sustainable and prosperous future for all.

Perspectives on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

Over the last few decades, the world has seen societal issues not only persist but grow—lack of access to education and economic opportunity, adequate health care, a clean and safe environment, and sufficient food and nutrition, among others. Tackling these issues is no longer seen to be the responsibility of a single organization or sector: governments, civil society, and businesses are increasingly collaborating on innovative new approaches to drive positive change.

At Deloitte, we believe business plays a fundamental role in shaping and creating progress in society, and are committed to driving societal change and promoting environmental sustainability. Deloitte has long been a contributor to addressing complex global development challenges: as a founding signatory of the United Nations Global Compact and helping develop the Women's Empowerment Principles with UN Women. With the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, this commitment will not waver. 

Deloitte member firms are involved in various initiatives and programs aligned to one or more of the sustainable development goals. For example, Deloitte Middle East’s “Women March” initiative, which raises awareness of empowerment, investment, and acceleration of women’s advancement across the Middle East. The Social Innovation Pioneers program at Deloitte UK is helping address employability and job creation challenges by supporting socially innovative businesses.

“The UN’s Global Goals represent a historic opportunity to align the governments of the world with business and civil society to make real change by 2030. As a society, we need to make the right connections - combining the policy power of government with the convening power of civil society and resources of business - to better target and tackle obstacles to social progress. Collective action is needed to scale and drive solutions that could improve wellbeing and help society achieve inclusive growth.”

David Cruickshank,
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Deloitte Global

Read the Deloitte Perspectives blogs:

 

Celebrating the Global Goals: driving innovation and collaboration 
from David Pearson, Chief Sustainability Officer, Deloitte Global

 

A unique opportunity for the private sector: reflecting on United Nations General Assembly week
from James "Chip" Cottrell, Partner, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP (US)

Deloitte at United Nations General Assembly week

To coincide with UN General Assembly week and the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals, Deloitte US hosted a salon dinner in New York to discuss how companies can incorporate social impact into their businesses. The event convened senior executives and esteemed social sector leaders. It was hosted by Diana O’Brien, US Executive Committee member and Chief Marketing Officer, Deloitte LLP, and Jerry O'Dwyer, Leader of Deloitte US Consulting’s new Social Impact practice, in collaboration with the United Nations Foundation. The theme of the discussion was “Driving Corporate Value through Social Impact” with opening remarks from United Nations Foundation President and CEO Kathy Calvin, followed by a discussion of Deloitte US’s recent research findings on the Global Fortune 500 and resulting categorization of companies into four social impact business models or archetypes. 

Research findings on the Fortune 500 global public companies, providing an aggregate view of social impact trends across companies and industries

Deloitte UK publishes research in collaboration with the Social Progress Imperative

A report developed by Deloitte UK, in conjunction with the Social Progress Imperative, found that high economic growth alone will not get the world close to meeting the United Nation’s new Sustainable Development Goals. While expected economic growth will likely raise the world’s average annual income from US$14,000 to US$23,000 by 2030, social progress is expected to grow at only a fraction of that rate. Instead, the world will need a “productivity revolution” in creating social value if countries are to meet the SDGs. This will require a shift away from a reliance on economic growth alone. Cultural shifts, scaling social innovation, and cross-sector collaboration will all be necessary to solve society’s biggest challenges. 

A report developed by Deloitte UK, in conjunction with Social Progress Imperative, found that economic growth alone will not be enough to achieve the SDGs

How Deloitte can support organizations to achieve their Sustainable Development Goals commitments

Deloitte can leverage its cross-sector and international capabilities to help clients deliver on the SDGs for maximum impact. Deloitte has experience and skills in each area of the SDGs. Whether clients need help with expanding gender equality, addressing global health and sanitation issues, or building public-private partnerships for more inclusive markets and growth. Deloitte has a long history of working on sustainable development topics in both developed and emerging markets around the world. 

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The Deloitte network is prepared to support the advancement of the SDGs, drawing on member firms' recent work with clients
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