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True to the belief in multi-stakeholder dialogue and as a next step towards establishing the WBA, the WBA founding partners are launching a series of global and regional consultations, as well as an online consultation, throughout 2017 and early 2018 aimed at gathering inputs and insights on the WBA’s objectives and governance structure, as well as identifying and prioritizing critical intersections between industries and the SDGs. The first consultation took place in New York on September 19th, on the margins of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, and was followed by a public launch event on September 21st.
While establishing the WBA, we build on initiatives such as the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB) and the work done by Index Initiative.
Publication of the synthesis report is expected in May 2018.
The Consultation Process focuses on collecting stakeholder input in various ways:
Global and Regional Roundtables
The global roundtables will be aligned with existing global events such as the UN General Assembly, to maximize and ensure appropriate high-level participation.
The regional consultation process will focus predominantly on developing countries. This will help ensure that the identified and prioritized benchmarks reflect the needs of countries in which most poor and marginalized communities live.
– October 29, 2017:
EAT Asia-Pacific Food Forum
– February 5-6, 2018:
SCM – World Capital Market Symposium
Online consultation provides the opportunity to collect views, insights and input from all stakeholders, individuals and organizations.
Possibility to participate in online consultation will follow soon.
Interviews help to delve deeper into interesting insights discussed during the roundtables.
Aviva is one of the world’s largest insurance and asset management companies, its history tracing back more than 300 years. It has operations in 16 markets around the world, but through its investment portfolio, Aviva’s reach extends to a broader and larger group of consumers. The company is a LEAD member of the Global Compact; a founding member of both the UN Principles of Responsible Investment and the UN Sustainable Stock Exchange Initiative. It is also a frontrunner in responsible investments, using its influence to support more sustainable business and ultimately a more sustainable economy and society. Aviva is an active contributor and user of different corporate sustainability benchmarks, including a founding member of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark. Aviva’s CEO Mark Wilson is a member of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC) and is personally committed to driving forward the sustainable development agenda and the creation of the WBA.
The Business & Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC) aims to make a powerful business case for achieving a sustainable, inclusive economy. Its flagship report Better Business, Better World, launched in January 2017, maps the economic prize for companies that align with the SDGs, and shows how to achieve them. The report includes the creation of SDGs benchmarks as one of the key recommendations. The Business Commission aims to make a powerful business case for achieving a sustainable and inclusive economy, if the UN Sustainable Development Goals are achieved. In its flagship report, Better Business, Better World, the Commission describes how business can contribute to delivering these goals. Chaired by Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, the Commission include 37 leaders from business, finance, civil society, labour, and international organisations from around the world.p>
Index Initiative is a centre of expertise in benchmarking corporate performance against stakeholder expectations. It seeks to propel the use of benchmarks to engage and bring purpose and clarity on the role of companies in contributing to the SDGs closest to their core business. A non-profit based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Index Initiative’s research and benchmarks are free and accessible to all. Index Initiative will conduct the global consultation on the World Benchmarking Alliance.
The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by philanthropic, corporate, government, and individual donors.