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New commission to help business engage with SDGs

A new commission of business, labour and civil society leaders, has been set up to help businesses engage in achieving the SDGs.

Established by Unilever CEO Paul Polman and former United Nations Deputy Secretary General Mark Malloch-Brown, and launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the Global Commission on Business and Sustainable Development will work over the next year to outline new business and financial models, as well as market opportunities for companies who are invested in sustainable approaches.

 “A massive prize awaits business if it successfully ushers in an era of shared prosperity and increased sustainability,” said Commission Co-Chair Mark Malloch-Brown. “Governments and international organizations alone cannot build the future we need. Business is the key to accelerating the transition.”

Other members of the Commission include: Laura Alfaro, Professor, Harvard Business School, Peter Bakker, President, World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD); Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC); Bob Collymore, CEO of Safaricom; John Danilovich, Secretary General of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC); Hendrik du Toit, CEO, Investec Asset Management and John Fallon, CEO of Pearson PLC.

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