Breaking Down the Role of Business in Achieving a Sustainable Future in the Great Lakes and Beyond
A sustainable future for the Great Lakes region, and the world, must include the leadership and involvement of all sectors, including and especially the private sector. While the regulatory frameworks of national and local governments are essential, government alone cannot move us at the pace we need.
That’s where the private sector comes in. Companies of all sizes and representing all industries play a significant and key role. They have the unique opportunity to make decisions quickly and invest in scalable solutions that can generate positive impact and momentum for the transformational shifts needed.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are often referred to as the blueprint for a more sustainable future. They are interconnected and relate to climate change, environmental degradation, poverty, inequality, climate change, peace, and justice. Achieving them requires action, and at a more urgent pace than we have experienced to date.
In January’s webinar, the Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR) and the UN Global Compact (UNGC) Network USA are teaming up to spotlight the pivotal role of businesses in securing a sustainable future. We'll delve into the fundamental components that drive corporate and organizational success—stable economies, robust workforces, and well-educated employees, among others. Speakers, Christine Cavallo, Engagement Manager at UNGC USA Network, and Lora Shrake, Senior Program Director of Business and Sustainability at the Council of the Great Lakes Region, will guide our discussions. Together, we'll unravel the business case for sustainability, examine strategies for companies to achieve their sustainability objectives, and assess the significant influence wielded by the region’s private sector in advancing the SDGs. Join us for an insightful exploration into the power of businesses in shaping a sustainable tomorrow.