Regional Conference on Aligning Corporate Sustainability with SDGs

20 May 2015
Bangkok, Thailand

At the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, held in in Rio de Janeiro 2012 (Rio+20) member States agreed set up an intergovernmental open working group to develop Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are to integrate the three dimensions of sustainable development into aspirational goals and targets for the global community. The open working group proposal for SDGs presented on 19 July 2014 comprises 17 goals and 169 targets. The SDGs are expected to be finally adopted as an integrated part of the United Nations Post-2015 development agenda at a United Nations summit on 25-27 September 2015.

Given the imminent adoption of SDGs and the core role business needs to play in achieving sustainable development, the aims of this regional conference on Aligning Corporate Sustainability with SDGs, held on 20 May 2015, were :
1. To discuss what the upcoming adoption of SDGs means for business and hear views of the private sector on the role of Asian-Pacific business in achieving sustainable development and the SDGs.
2. To propose tools and strategies to improve corporate sustainability and better align business sustainability strategies with the SDGs.
3. To showcase examples of sustainable business practices, models and solutions from the Asian and Pacific region.
4. To provide guidance to policy makers on what is needed to advance corporate sustainability.

The outcome of the discussions from the Conference were fed into the discussions at the Second Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development, held on 21 and 22 May 2015 in Bangkok under the theme “Strengthening integration, implementation and review for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific”, which will provide views from the region to the global High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development. It will also provide input to work on inclusive business within the framework of the G20 under the presidency of Turkey.

The conference attracted participation from all stakeholders, including business, governments and civil society.

Please direct questions regarding the event via e-mail to: limchupong at un dot org OR kim51 at un dot org