Deloitte - making an impact at UNLEASH 2017

Applying innovation labs to the Sustainable Development Goals

As execution and lead innovation partner to UNLEASH 2017, Deloitte is helping to convene a first-ever event bringing together 1,000 young talents across the world to identify and realize solutions to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Finding solutions to the SDGs

Introduced by the United Nations in 2016, the SDGs encompass 17 bold goals to strengthen People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, and Partnership. The SDGs focus on key development issues including education, work, and economic inequality, among others.

In support of the SDGs, Deloitte is harnessing its core business skills, talented people and capabilities to work across sectors on a number of these issues. Around the world, Deloitte practitioners are identifying and nurturing innovative solutions and insights for social good, and making an impact that matters in society.

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UNLEASH Innovation Lab 2017

As part of this effort, Deloitte has teamed up with UNLEASH, a global non-profit that supports the SDGs, to run the UNLEASH Lab 2017. This four-day innovation lab will bring together 1,000 people from all over the world to develop actionable solutions to challenges facing global development.

The innovation labs are focused on seven key areas related to the SDGs, including:

  • Education and ICT
  • Water
  • Food
  • Energy
  • Sustainable production & consumption
  • Urban sustainability
  • Health

Deloitte has more than 40 practitioners leading four days of Innovation labs, across 10 facilities in Denmark. They will facilitate the process from idea to prototyping, testing, and finally presenting tangible solutions to a panel of potential investors at the end of the workshop. On the final day, the top solutions will be selected to be actioned by UNLEASH partners, organizations and foundations, supporting UNLEASH.

Twelve Deloitte practitioners were chosen through a competitive application process to join the 1,000 UNLEASH participants. These individuals all demonstrate a commitment to sustainable development, through volunteer and entrepreneurial work.

Leadership perspectives

Read from Deloitte UK’s Sam Baker, as he explains his role as facilitation lead, and how the UNLEASH process supports the SDGs.

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