B Team lead the way for business with forward thinking approach to SDGs

The B Team believe that the world is on the brink of an unprecedented transformation to a thriving and just net-zero emissions economy. On the morning before the Sustainable Development Goals are set to be launched, some of the world’s most innovative and ambitious leaders came together in New York to discuss how business can help the world to meet the Global Goals.

Speakers and panellists included:

Sir Richard Branson – Founder, Virgin Group & Virgin Group, Sharan Burrow – General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation, Bob Collymore – CEO, Safaricom, David Crane – CEO & President, NRG Energy, Arianna Huffington – Co-Founder, President & Editor-in-Chief, The Huffington Post Media Group, Dr. Mo Ibrahim – Founder, Celtel & Founder Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Guilherme Leal – Co-founder & Co-Chairman, Natura, Graça Machel – Founder, Graça Machel Trust, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala – Formerly Coordinating Minister of the Economy & Minister of Finance, Nigeria, Paul Polman – CEO, Unilever, Johan Rockström – Executive Director, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Anne Simpson – Investment Director, Global Governance, CalPERS, Mark Wilson – CEO, Aviva, Paul van Zyl – Co-Founder & CEO, Maiyet

The impressive line up spent the morning explaining how those businesses leading the transition will be the first to benefit from adopting these goals in their own businesses and reinforcing that there is a critical role for us all to play in accelerating the transition.

It's not all happening in New York! London consultancy group, Quora is an example of an organisation that is already taking on an active role in accelerating this transition by exploring shifting mindsets in business and encouraging leaders to speak openly and without an agenda. Through their award-winning Smartworking Summits, Quora invites business and thought-leaders to respond to some of the hottest challenges affecting organisations today in an unplugged and courageously transparent environment. For more information, visit their website.

Another one to look out for is independent non-profit organisation and UK registered charity, The Ecological Sequestration Trust. The Trust was set up by Professor Peter Head CBE four years ago and works globally with businesses, governments and communities to identify practical solutions to the world's 21st century transitions. For more information, visit their website.

We all have a role to play in making these goals happen and you can start today by following this link to find out more about the Global Goals.

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