Submitted by Global Compact Network Canada
The Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) is pleased to release its third annual SDG Survey findings. The SDG Survey 2018, supported by the department of Global Affairs Canada, is an annual survey conducted by the Canadian network of the UN Global Compact to understand the perspectives and priorities of Canadian businesses and organizations on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The full survey report is available for download on the GCNC website. The GCNC is also hosting a webinar to present the survey results and analysis today. Register for the launch webinar.
“The annual SDG Surveys recognize the critical role of the private sector in implementing the SDGs and provide a valuable contribution that furthers our awareness of Canadians’ actions towards achieving these goals. The survey also gives us a preliminary idea of the key drivers that motivate organizations to embrace the SDGs, as well as the challenges to overcome to keep progressing toward 2030.” ~ Deirdre Kent, Director General, International Assistance Policy, Global Affairs Canada
Since the inception of the 2030 Agenda and the 17 SDGs in 2015, the GCNC has been actively promoting its presence and mobilizing the Canadian private sector to advance action towards these goals. Now in its third year of implementation, the organization has published two previous SDG Survey reports (download the SDG Survey 2017) to help paint a picture of the actions that the Canadian private sector has been taking to advance the SDGs in Canada and abroad. The GCNC hopes that the survey reports can help businesses and professionals across the nation better understand the goals in relation to the Canadian private sector.
“The increasing number of responses to the Survey that we have received each year indicates there is also a growing interest and familiarity with the SDGs at the organizational level over time.” ~ Helle Bank Jorgensen, Global Compact Network Canada
This year the survey had a total of 426 respondents, compared to 134 responses in 2017, and 50 responses in 2016. While the highest percentage of respondents (44%) come from the private sector, there is significant representation from civil society organizations (21%) and academia (13%) as well, thus providing a broad perspective to the survey responses.
About the Global Compact Network Canada
The Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC) is the Canadian Network of the United Nations Global Compact - the world's largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative. The GCNC supports Canadian businesses in the implementation of the 10 Principles of the UNGC and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The GCNC unifies and builds the capacity of the Canadian private sector to embrace sustainable business practices by convening and accelerating opportunities for multistakeholder collaboration.
The UN Global Compact is the world’s largest voluntary corporate responsibility initiative with over 10,000 signatories in 130 countries committing to ten universally accepted principles. The Global Compact Network Canada builds the capacity of the Canadian corporate sector to embrace sustainable business practices.
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