The AIM2Flourish team attended last week’s June 22-23 UN Global Compact Leaders Summit in New York City.
AIM2Flourish Executive Director Roberta Baskin, AIM2Flourish Professor Nurete Brenner, and AIM2Flourish Communications Director Claire Sommer joined nearly 600 business leaders from 75 countries and leaders from civil society, the UN and Government to advance private sector actions for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
Highlights included meeting with AIM2Flourish professors and colleagues from Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa and Hong Kong. As well, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened the event with an address to attendees and UN Global Compact Executive Director Lise Kingo shared how companies can transform their business models to responsibly meet the needs of society, tap into new markets and achieve success.
The summit explored how the U.N.’s newly adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—the world’s to-do list through 2030—are a once-in-a-generation opportunity for business, government, and civil society to innovate, invest and collaborate to create a more sustainable future.
"To meet the SDGs by 2030, the time to act is now. Many companies are already starting to look through the SDG lens – imagining how their operations, products and services can support the realities of our planet and better serve markets both today and in the future," stated Kingo. "It is so encouraging that a growing number of CEOs already recognize that the SDGs offer a roadmap for business to rethink approaches to sustainable value creation – but the challenge now is scaling up this movement to include companies everywhere."
AIM2Flourish helps meet that challenge by being the world’s first global initiative steering future business leaders towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals and a flourishing world for all. It offers a highly adaptable, professor-facilitated curriculum, that combines classroom learning about transformative business models with the outside experience of students interviewing innovative CEOs.
Students experience "Do Good, Do Well" leadership first-hand through conversations with business leaders and publishing their stories of innovation on AIM2Flourish.com. Demonstrating global reach, scalability, and impact potential, AIM2Flourish’s partners reach more than 2,100 management schools worldwide and the global “business for good” community.
Using the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development as their lens, students research and identify innovation and interview the business leaders responsible for it. Their stories live on the AIM2Flourish.com platform as sources of inspiration for others. The best-of-the-best stories and the students, professors, and business leaders who helped bring these stories to life will be honored with the first Flourish Prizes at the June 2017 Fourth Global Forum at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.
AIM2Flourish.com is supported by the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit in the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. AIM2Flourish is co-sponsored by the UN Global Compact PRME, GRLI and other business partners. Please see AIM2FlourishTeam.com for more information or contact Claire Sommer, AIM2Flourish Communications Director at Claire@AIM2Flourish.com or +1 917-834-0323.
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