More than 650 companies based in 30 different countries have joined SDG Ambition, the United Nations Global Compact accelerator programme that challenges companies to set ambitious corporate targets and accelerate the integration of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into core business management. Twelve of these companies are Portuguese and have made a clear international commitment to Sustainability.

When the UN declared this the “Decade of Action”, having called for joint action in accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and of the 17 SDGs, it did so in the knowledge that we are at a critical crossroads, which demands a strategic plan at a global scale. The SDG Ambition programme arises from this call to action and was launched at the World Economic Forum, in Davos, exactly one year ago, with the participation of UN Secretary General, António Guterres. Companies across the world were challenged to identify areas of risk, set targets, design strategies and seek out new business opportunities to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs, with the aim of reaching 1000 companies in 40 countries until 2022.

One year on, this goal has almost been reached, with over 650 participating companies. SGD Ambition, a programme developed by the United Nations Global Compact – a UN initiative promoting corporate sustainability – in partnership with Accenture, SAP and 3M, will be implemented in 30 countries over the next six months, via performance reviews, global and local workshops, and specialised consulting.

In Portugal, twelve companies responded to the appeal of the UN Secretary General, who is also Chair of the United Nations Global Compact, and took on the commitment to set ambitious targets, prioritise actions with a direct impact on the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, integrate the SDGs in business units and consolidate their global sustainability strategy.

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