On 27 October 2015 UNCTAD, ILO and OECD, held the fifth annual CSR Round-table meeting to share perspectives, experiences and ideas in the area of CSR in global value chains. This year’s meeting focused on Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, evaluating the role that the private sector can play.
A month after the launch of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda, the 2015 Interagency CSR Round-table was held at a prime time for the discussion of the implementation of this new development agenda. As governments worldwide having approved the Post-15 development agenda with the launch of the SDGs in September, it is clear that all sectors must play a role in achieving these goals. The United Nations and other International Organizations are increasingly looking to the private sector to contribute to international development, fight poverty and inequality, create decent employment, especially for youth, and promote environmentally sustainable growth. With the launch of the SDGs, businesses, international organizations and NGOs now have a newly relevant framework to guide their strategic priorities and efforts toward society – representing a huge opportunity to drive sustainable business.
The 2015 Inter-agency round-table on CSR engaged participants in three main issues:
1. Inclusion and the Private sector: How can the private sector through its business operations contribute to the elimination of extreme poverty and provide decent work opportunities for the poorest? How do we reach women and men in the informal economy? How can we encourage inclusion of all in technological developments linked to the SDGs?
2. Financing the SDGs: How can the UN system encourage more private sector investment in areas under the SDG? What becomes of traditional bilateral aid?
3. Implications for how international organizations engage in the private sector: What is/isn’t working in engaging the private sector on these goals? How can we improve collaboration? How could we measure and assess partnerships? How do we ensure accountability of both enterprises and UN agencies?
Documents discussed in the 2015 CSR Round-Table
- UNIDO Business Partnerships: Partnering for Prosperity
- Technical Paper: The UNIDO Approach to Sustainable Supplier Development
- UN SSE initiative briefing – Sustainable Development Goals: What do they mean for stock exchanges?
- Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century (UN Global Compact, UNEP-FI, PRI, UNEP Inquiry)
- Swedish Leadership for Sustainable Development, Sida
||Registration and morning Coffee
|10:00-10:30||Opening comments and introduction of moderator
• Summary of the outcomes from 2014 Inter-agency round-table
• Introduction of Moderator: HE Marta Maurás Perez, Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Permanent Mission of Chile
|10:30-12:00||Session 1: Inclusion and the private sector
• How can the private sector through its business operations contribute to the elimination of extreme poverty and provide decent work opportunities for the poorest?
• How do we reach women and men in the informal economy?
• How can we encourage inclusion of all in technological developments linked to the SDGs?
|13:30-15:00||Session 2: Financing the SDGs
• How can the UN system encourage more private sector investment in areas under the SDGs?
• What becomes of traditional bilateral aid?
|15:30-17:30||Session 3: Implications for how International Organizations engage the private sector
• What is/isn’t working in engaging the private sector on these goals?
• How can we improve collaboration?
• How could we measure and assess partnerships?
• How do we ensure accountability of both enterprises and UN agencies?
||Wrap up and closing comments