The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) and the United Nations Global Compact Nigeria (UNGC) held a workshop with the theme: Managing Corporate Sustainability Performance through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Action Manager on the 10th of March 2020 at the NESG summit House, Ikoyi, Lagos.
To kickstart the event, Acting Head of Think Tank Operations at the NESG, Mrs. Titilope Oni while welcoming participants to the event mentioned that the NESG was proud to be associated with the work of the UNGC and that the collaboration was set on ensuring that institutions and companies foster corporate sustainability performance. Afterwards, Executive Director of UNGC Nigeria, Ms. Naomi Nwokolo delivered her remarks and revealed that the UNGC continues to work to encourage companies and businesses to take sustainable actions that will help to ensure that the Sustainable development goals become a reality. She said the UNGC plays a pivotal role in ensuring corporate sustainability the world over and they achieve this by collaborating with businesses to focus on adopting and working on the SDG’s.
Ms. Amira Alfa, Senior Manager at United Nations Global Compact, while delivering a presentation revealed that more than 10,000 companies are committed to issues around sustainability and about 99 percent of the Chief Executive Officers of these companies see the future business value of corporate sustainability. She also made it known that it was pertinent that companies realise that there is a need for ambition and scaling for the SDG’s to be achieved.
During the training session, Ms. Claudia Escobar introduced the SDG manager tool to participants and stated that the SDG manager tool will enable companies track the progress of their actions and activities as it relates to corporate sustainability. She thereafter took participants through the SDG manager tool and trained them on how to track and report their progress. Ms. Escobar concluded the session by encouraging participants to put the SDG manager tool to good use and partner with the UNGC to help track the performance of corporate sustainability in their organisations’ and also ensure that the sustainable development goals become a reality.