September 23, 2019
Gonvarri Industries joins the #alliesofSODs campaign promoted by the Spanish Global Compact Network.
The objective of the #SDSAllies campaign is to act as a loudspeaker to achieve a multiplier effect and to raise awareness and work on the 2030 Agenda.
– Corporate management based on the SDGs creates new business opportunities, improves the relationship with stakeholders and promotes innovation.
Madrid, September 23, 2019.- On the occasion of the 4th anniversary of the approval of the 2030 Agenda with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Gonvarri Industries joins the #aliadosdelosODS campaign to work on the dissemination of these United Nations Goals, in collaboration with the Spanish Global Compact Network, an initiative to which it belongs. The aim is to contribute, from its own commitment to action with the SDGs, to act as a loudspeaker and achieve a multiplier effect so that they are known and worked on.
On May 23, 2016, Gonvarri Industries joined the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest sustainability initiative. Since the approval of the 2030 Agenda in 2015, in addition to its commitment to promoting the Ten Principles, it has worked on aligning its corporate management with the SDGs, where it finds new business opportunities, improves the relationship with its stakeholders and promotes innovation.
In this regard, Gonvarri Industries has established a series of commitments and good practices aligned with its strategy. Among these, its Emotional Driving road safety program stands out, which, within the framework of SDG 3.6, aims to raise awareness among its employees and society as a whole through the transmission of positive and emotional messages to develop safe and responsible driving. Josu Calvo, CEO of Gonvarri, reaffirms the company’s commitment through Emotional Driving: “Road safety is crucial for us, because we believe that the loss of human lives in traffic accidents – as well as in workplace accidents – is unacceptable, and therefore our goal is to try to minimize this figure among our staff, their immediate environment and society as a whole”.
The #aliadosdelosODS initiative is articulated as a communication campaign coordinated by the Spanish Global Compact Network. It is being launched to coincide with the fourth anniversary of the approval of the 2030 Agenda on September 25, 2015, while the United Nations is holding a major international event to review the achievements of these four years and launch new initiatives.
With this type of action, the Spanish Global Compact Network and its member organizations also seek to contribute to the country’s objective established by the High Commissioner for the 2030 Agenda under the Office of the President of the Government, that all citizens should be aware of the SDGs by 2020.
Boosting the contribution of business to sustainable development
It has been four years since the United Nations General Assembly approved the 2030 Agenda with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), unanimously by the 193 participating States, including Spain. “Leave no one behind” is the core of the agreement. The SDGs propose to end poverty and hunger, reduce inequalities and address urgent challenges such as climate change.
To achieve such an ambitious Agenda, the necessary participation of all was agreed: governments, businesses, civil society and citizens around the world. Its strength comes from the universal nature of the agreement and the ambition of its 169 goals. Achieving them requires an unprecedented effort from all sectors of society, and business has an important role to play. Achieving the SDGs requires the combined efforts of the public sector, business, investors and civil society.
For the first time, the United Nations recognizes business as a key player in achieving its global Goals: “Private entrepreneurship, investment and innovation are major drivers of productivity, inclusive economic growth and job creation…. We urge all companies to use innovation and creativity to solve problems related to sustainable development”, the international organization stated.