28 September 2018

Business South calls Champions to shape Responsible South

Business South is inviting Champions to shape Responsible South, a new suggested initiative that supports businesses building a fairer and more sustainable society

Many southern businesses already undertake a range of activities to reduce their environmental impact, promote equality and engage with the wider community. At an event on the 5th October, Mark Smith, Chief Executive of Southern Co-op, and Steve Kenzie, Executive Director of the United Nations (UN) Global Compact Network UK, will show businesses how these activities could align with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The UN’s SDG’s are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. The goals encourage businesses of all sizes to act responsibly, solving societal challenges through business innovation and collaboration to become the business leaders of tomorrow. ‘Responsible South’ will help Champions become an active participant in this movement by bringing together responsible businesses, promoting their already existing activities and empowering them to undertake more.  

Mark Smith, Ambassador for Responsible South, said, “I am championing Responsible South as I believe there is a real opportunity for this region to lead the way on the development of the responsible business model. The advent of the United Nations SDG’s gives this further momentum and increases both the need and the opportunity for business to contribute to shape the future by using business as a force for good. We need to get our local leaders fully behind this.

“Business South is a very effective membership organisation already working with its Champions on many of these issues, meaning they are well positioned to help businesses efficiently push the agenda forward. Our strategy will be to find the best way of informing and facilitating the greatest possible collaboration in working to meet the Goals. The scope to work together across like-minded businesses of all types is huge and, if we can catalyse that the South, wecould bring other benefits to business, including making the region a more attractive place to live and work.”

Mark says the movement is already influencing behaviour in his business. “In Southern Co-op, we are aligning our long-term business and sustainability planning with the SDG’s. We aspire to get to a place where we can inform and excite our teams and customers about what we are doing and what they can do personally to advance the Goals.”

‘Sustainable Development Goals and Responsible Business: Responsible South Breakfast Briefing’ takes place on the 5th October. Aimed at Champion Directors & CEO’s The event will give Champions the chance to find out more about the SDGs and the value of responsible business, in addition to the opportunity to get involved with Responsible South. It will also give Champions the chance to network with like-minded peers and to discuss issues around sustainable development.

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