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Our company at the United Nations

Veröffentlicht von  Karin MacComascaigh

Mid-June, I had the honor of attending and presenting at the SOCIAL INNOVATIONS #INFOCUS Conference at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, Switzerland. The conference was established in 2012 and is held annually. David Chikvaidze, chief of staff of the director-general of the United Nations opened the conference, for over 150 delegates from different countries.

The UN sees social innovations as the main driver for a safer, fairer and more sustainable future.

In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) the UN, along with 193 of its member states, established 17 goals to transform our world into one without extreme poverty, reducing social gaps and fighting the threats of climate change. These are also known as the Global Goals. Sustainable development calls for combined efforts towards building an inclusive, sustainable and resilient future for people and planet. Corporations, NGOs and governments are transitioning into this new economy by supporting the Global Goals.

Being invited as a presenter and part of the discussion panel to talk about how we support businesses and social responsibility, shows how important the link is between the achievement of the SDG, corporate involvement and volunteers. Our company supports the SDG through its engagement and that of its people, in charity and philanthropy work involving volunteering. The UN recognizes that volunteers are a unique source of social transformation that need investment and reinforcement. Businesses and social entrepreneurs play a significant role on implementing the SDGs.

The debate was very inspiring and constructive. One of the most interesting topics regarding corporate social responsibility was focusing on donors: how to attract new donors and keep the existing ones, with the right set of tools to ensure transparency, accountability and program success. Exactly what we do for our NGO customers.

Creating a momentum for moving forward with the Global Goals and supporting the UN strategy, gives us a wonderful feeling of hope and duty.

I am already very much looking forward to attending next year’s conference and seeing the implementation of some of the SDGs.

Karin MacComascaigh

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