ICC and GeSI join forces to drive sustainable business practices

Digital solutions can close the SDG achievement gap by transforming how we live and work.

Published on: Nov 18, 2019 | Written by: Kaoru Inoue

26 September 2019 – New York

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) have signed a memorandum of understanding, setting out the joint aspirations of the two organisations in catalysing sustainable practices among the global business community.

This follows the successful launch of GeSI’s landmark report Digital with Purpose: Delivering a SMARTer 2030, which ICC hosted during the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly week.

The Report found that digital technologies could have a transformational impact on our ability to meet the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals. To achieve this, however, both the ICT sector and other key sectors need to put the Agenda more intentionally at the centre of who they are and what they do.

The ICC-GeSI MOU seeks to do exactly that, operationalising tools to drive sustainable business practices across climate impact, supply chain transparency and access to digital technologies.

ICC Secretary General John W.H. Denton AO said:

“We think it’s imperative that businesses are provided with accessible tools to enable them to take action to drive sustainability. We’re delighted to be working with GeSI to open up their ground-breaking toolkits to our global network.”  

GeSI Chief Executive Officer Luis Neves said:

“GeSI will bring our world leading tools and frameworks to apply digital technology solutions for climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals. When combined with the ICC’s global leadership and worldwide network of companies, our partnership will help the world make substantial progress towards the 2030 agenda to build a more sustainable world.”

Left to the right: Luis Neves, GeSI-CEO, John Denton, ICC Secretary-General, Jim Gowen, GeSI Chairman

For more information contact:

Steve Rochlin
Head of GeSI Americas

Gabriel Petrus
Deputy Director, Global Membership & Service, ICC

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