The second appointment of the "Business & SDGs Workshops" cycle promoted by the Global Compact Network Italy Foundation - as part of the 2017 Activities Program in support of the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development - will be held on July 12th in Milan at the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Corso Magenta 63, from 1.30 pm to 5.00 pm. The meeting is organized in collaboration with Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and Fondazione Sodalitas.
In pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals, the 2030 Agenda poses an unavoidable challenge: "to intensify multilateral partnerships that develop and share knowledge, skills, technological and financial resources" (SDG 17) into a collective action logic. Only through close collaboration between the different actors who are mutually and voluntarily engaged in innovative relationships to pursue shared goals is it possible to embark on an inclusive and sustainable growth program.
Multi-stakeholder partnerships have proven to be a strategic and essential tool in boosting the corporate world’s contribution to sustainable development. By putting together common skills and resources, they have created projects, actions and experiences of great value for the people and the needs that they aim to protect and promote.
The ongoing trend is witnessing a progressive shift from more "basic" forms of collaboration - donations and sponsorships, usually focused on specific projects - to forms of true co-creation, envisaged as being a mode of conception, design and experimentation of ideas, initiatives and services among different economic and social actors, who bring in resources and complementary experiences.
This collaboration approach opens up great, new opportunities for firms, nowable to get more in touch with non-profit organizations and citizens, truly understanding their needs and transferring technical, managerial and communicative skills as the resources required to come up with new responses together to common challenges. At the same time, the private sector is improving with regards to integrating itself into the social fabric, to innovation, to the stimulus for creating opportunities within emerging markets and generating prosperity and motivation both inside and outside the company. On the other hand, civil society organizations, having a profound knowledge of local needs and realities, can create formal occasions of expression, access new networks and relationships, and scalability opportunities for the activities with the most impact.
This makes it possible to create collective actions that will enable a rea lintegration of business and sustainability with impacts tha tmay, depending on the type of action, have implications at local, national and international levels.
>> Organisation and aims of the Workshop:
- to introduce the theme of partnerships as important tools for implementing the 2030 Agenda;
- to share and analyse different partnership methodologies and examples of successful multi-stakeholder partnership best practices, in the national and European context, in support of SDGs.
Introductory talks offering different ideas and reflections on the theme will open the 3 hour workshop. That will be followed by a working session and discussion facilitated by experts.
The outcomes of the workshop will provide the basis for setting up the work to be carried out during the forthcoming "Italian Business & SDGs Annual Forum". The Forum will take place in Lucca on 26th-27th September 2017 with the GCNI Foundation's ambitious goal of identifying Collective Actions to be implemented from 2018.
dr. Margherita Macellari