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Turning the UN Sustainable Development Goals into Business Opportunities

18 April, 2019

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How BASF and Siemens are leveraging the UN SDGs for impact

From a business perspective, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a call to action for the corporate sector. The SDGs help to address crucial global challenges. Their agreed common-language and targets enable companies to engage with their stakeholders. Companies can structure and measure their impact and performance in a globally recognised way. If done right, this creates a tremendous opportunity for sustainable investment and growth.

Key takeaways:

  • How companies can transform their products and regional strategies to take action on the SDGs
  • The product screening BASF developed to identify products relevant to the SDGs
  • Siemens’ approach to identifying and aligning with national SDG priorities to maximize local impact
  • The China case: How aligning with domestic policy priorities can raise the impact and relevance of sustainability programs in China

Interested in more on this subject? Read our related Report China and the UN SDGs - National targets, Progress Assessment, and How MNCs Can Align Business Strategies for China

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Anke Schrader

Anke Schrader
Senior Researcher
China Center for Economics and Business

Anke Schrader leads the research of The Conference Board China Center for Economics and Business on corporate citizenship, sustainability, and human capital. Her current research interests include corporate sustainability practices, measurement, and reporting; corporate ...Full Bio

Markus Strangmüller

Markus Strangmüller
Corporate Development, Sustainability and Cities, Sustainability Management

Markus Strangmüller is responsible for Sustainability Management at Siemens globally, including governance and operating model for Sustainability, non-financial reporting, ratings and rankings, sustainable business practices as well as Human Rights.  ...Full Bio

Saskia Jung

Saskia Jung
Sustainability Relations

Saskia Jung is responsible for Sustainability Relations at BASF SE's Sustainability Strategy unit. With working experience in the corporate and public as well as the civil society sector, cooperation between sectors is part of her work ethos. She has developed strategies, goals and tools for sust...Full Bio

Dr. Uwe G. Schulte

Dr. Uwe G. Schulte (Moderator)
Leader of The Conference Board Global Sustainability Centre
The Conference Board

Uwe Schulte is the leader of  The Conference Board Global Sustainability Centre. He is also program director for the China as well as the Europe Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Council at The Conference Board.

Schulte was executive director of the INSEAD Social Innovation...Full Bio

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