THE GLOBAL GOALS ARE IN BUSINESS: 17 GLOBAL GIANTS JOIN FORCES TO DELIVER THE SDGS
Cementing 2020 as the emergency year of action, 17 global giants representing over $500 billion in revenue and 900,000 employees are joining forces under a new coalition called the “Business Avengers” to highlight the crucial role businesses play in hitting the targets of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals) by 2030.
New York, 25th September 2019 –Today 17 global giants representing over $500 billion in revenue and 900,000 employees are joining forces under a new coalition called the “Business Avengers” to highlight the crucial role businesses play in hitting the targets of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals) by 2030. The line-up of companies include: Arm, Avanti Communications, The Coca-Cola Company, Commvault, Diageo, Google.org, Mars Inc, Mastercard, Microsoft Corp., Nike, RB, SAP, Salesforce.com, Salesforce.org and Unilever.
The announcement comes as Project Everyone, Action for Sustainable Development (A4SD), Restless Development, SDG Action Campaign, the UN, and UN Foundation, invite citizens, organizations, and leaders to come together on Wednesday, 25th of September – on the anniversary of the Global Goals agreement – to make 2020 as a year of activism to help shift the world onto a path to deliver the Goals by 2030.
With 10 years left to deliver the Global Goals for Sustainable Development – agreed to by every UN nation in 2015 – today’s announcement is a step in the direction to accelerate progress before the Global Day of Action [25th September 2020], where global leaders are expected to return and report on the steps they have taken to advance sustainability, prosperity, equality and opportunity for all.
Richard Curtis, Co-Founder of Project Everyone said: “We’ve made some progress but nowhere near enough to deliver on the promises made by all nations in 2015. It is now mission critical to inspire and engage the world to set the path for a decade of delivery. That means campaigning for major global policy breakthroughs, sparking ever-greater local and regional activism, and creating cultural moments that break into the mainstream and re-energize action to fight poverty, inequality and the climate crisis. Above all it means joining forces, from young activists to global companies, and we hope that the launch of the “Business Avengers” shows this today, because together we can and must achieve the Goals.”
Marking a third of the way through the Global Goals and ten years to go – 2020 is a make or break year – full of key decision moments on gender, inequality, climate, ecosystems democracy and civic space.