Winner of the Gold Axiom Business Book Award 2019 in the Philanthropy / Non Profit / Sustainability category.
Over the past 30 years, the world has seen great social improvements. Technology has been developing at an enormous pace and is helping to solve our most pressing social and environmental challenges. Yet, despite this success, our current model of development is still deeply problematic. Natural disasters triggered by climate change have doubled since the 1980s, violence and armed conflict now cost more than 13 percent of GDP, social inequality and youth unemployment is worsening around the world, and climate change threatens the global population with tremendous environmental as well as social problems. Using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals as a framework, this book sets out how business and capital now have a real opportunity to help resolve these problems.
With clear and plentiful examples and cases of how businesses are making a difference, relevant facts and figures to support the cases, and inspiring and instructional information on how businesses can create sustainable value, this highly readable book is a must-read for businesses (large and small) that wish to genuinely support the delivery of the SDGs.
The Paris Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) drive change and offer a narrative and an opportunity to all to speak in one language on sustainability. They provide us with a clear set of targets for 2030. Through following the SDGs, opportunities abound for business and capital to unlock markets which offer endless potential for profit while at the same time working towards the Sustainable Development Goals. This book illustrates for business how to make the much-needed Trillion Dollar Shift.
Table of Contents
UN Global Compact: Overview of the crucial work of Global Compact
Part 1) BUSINESS’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE TRILLION DOLLAR SHIFT
Chapter 1: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): The biggest challenge and opportunity ever
Chapter 2: Business for good: a trillion dollar business case
Part 2) THE TRILLION DOLLAR SHIFT ACCELERATED
Chapter 3: The overarching influence of ICT and Technology on all sectors
Chapter 4: Capital
Part 3) TRILLION DOLLAR SHIFT IN SECTORS
Chapter 5: Food and Agriculture
Chapter 6: Education
Chapter 7: Cities and Transport
Chapter 8: Health and well-being
Chapter 9: Energy, Materials and manufacturing
Part 4) SCALING UP FOR A TRILLION DOLLAR SHIFT
Chapter 10: Scaling-up: Global Goals; Global Scale; Global Good
Marga Hoek is internationally recognized as a business leader, motivational speaker and author of the award-winning book New Economy Business and numerous articles in magazines such as The Huffington Post, Executive Finance, Salt and G7 Climate Change. She founded and was CEO of the Dutch Sustainable Business Association until 2016. She is Chairman of the Sustainable Science Association, Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Mazars Accountants, Member Responsible Investment Advisory Council of Bank of Montreal and Chairman of the jury of Climate-KIC entrepreneurs’ competitions.
"The book provides a comprehensive overview of SDG opportunities, showing how leaders can engage with knotty issues and create economic and social impact. She has extensive experience advising practitioners. She founded and was CEO of the Dutch Sustainable Business Association. She is Chairman of the Sustainable Science Association, Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Mazars Accountants, Member of the Responsible Investment Advisory Council of Bank of Montreal and Chairman of the jury of Climate-KIC entrepreneurs’ competitions.
Her advice: business has plenty of scope to choose where to focus its actions because while the SDGs provide the big picture, its 230 indicators and 169 targets provide the detail. A key message of this book is that as the engines of the economy, growth, innovation and job creation, companies of any size can contribute to economic, social and environmental progress. And the book explains how doing business for good is also good business. As an inducement for leaders she notes that markets worth trillions of dollars are waiting for responsible companies to deliver solutions and access opportunities.
Business opportunities abound in each SDG sector. For each SDG, Marga Hoek presents a compelling case of how not only the world but also business would be better off by successfully addressing that problem. ….
…. In sum, this easy to read book provides leaders of businesses of all sizes and from all sectors with many examples of how to benefit in multiple ways by incorporating some of the SDGs into their corporate strategy and action plans."
Gayle C. Avery, (2018) "Altruistic strategy: doing better by doing good", Strategy & Leadership, Vol. 46 Issue: 4, pp.50-51