UN Global Compact announces new Africa Strategy to accelerate principled business, climate action and the Sustainable Development Goals
New York, NY, Sept. 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- UNITED NATIONS, New York, 20 September 2021 — The United Nations Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, today announced its new Africa Strategy to advance corporate sustainability and scale up responsible business practices across the continent in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
With 1.3 billion people and a combined GDP of $3.5 trillion dollars, Africa is the world’s biggest growth market and its businesses are primed to play a pivotal role in the corporate sustainability movement.
Aiming to accelerate and scale the global collective impact of business, the UN Global Compact Africa strategy 2021-2023 aims to galvanize large and small companies across Africa to uphold the Ten Principles. The UN Global Compact principles-based approach means that businesses operate in ways that, at a minimum, meet fundamental responsibilities in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.
The strategy is released ahead of the Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP 27) in Africa in 2022, and as countries on the continent begin implementing the African Union’s Agenda 2063 -- a collective blueprint for transforming the African continent into a global powerhouse of the future.
Announcing the Africa strategy, Sanda Ojiambo, CEO and Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, said: “The private sector plays a critical role in the development of Africa and in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our new strategy for Africa will ensure businesses across the continent have access to the tools and partnerships they need to play their part in creating a resilient future while adhering to responsible and sustainable business practices.”
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