Global Goals Forum: Nachhaltigkeit in Zeiten von Krisen und Konflikten

Ob Brexit, Handelskonflikte, Populismus und Wirtschaftsabschwung – Unversöhnlichkeit und Unvorhersehbarkeit sind Signaturen unserer Zeit. Zugleich brauchen wir dringender denn je nachhaltige Lösungen: sei es in Klimafragen, bei Verteilungsgerechtigkeit oder dem Umbau der Wirtschaft. Unter dem Titel „Agenda 2030: Läuft uns die Zeit davon?“ diskutierten darüber Experten vor 370 Gästen beim Global Goals Forum am 10. Oktober in Berlin.

Etwas mehr als zehn Jahre bleiben noch zur Umsetzung der Agenda 2030 und der globalen Nachhaltigkeitsziele, den SDGs. Aus diesem Anlass hatten die macondo foundation und das Deutsche Global Compact Netzwerk (DGCN) nach Berlin zum Global Goals Forum eingeladen. Das Forum zog eine Bilanz über die Fortschritte und den Handlungsbedarf in der Umsetzung der SDGs vier Jahre nach ihrer Verabschiedung durch die Weltgemeinschaft.

Marlehn Thieme, Vorsitzende des Rates für Nachhaltige Entwicklung, betonte hierbei die Dringlichkeit des Klimaschutzes: „Transformation ohne Ehrgeiz ist nur eine hohle Geste. Wer die schwarze Null langfristig halten will, muss die grüne Null heute wollen und einkalkulieren. Wir brauchen nicht mehr Ausgaben für Nachhaltigkeit, keine höhere Staatsquote – aber einen konsequent an den SDGs ausgerichteten Haushalt.“ Zugleich kritisierte sie die Ergebnisse des UN Klimagipfels im September in New York: „Einen gemeinsamen Fahrplan zur Erreichung des Zieles, die globale Klimaerwärmung auf 1,5°C zu begrenzen gibt es nicht.“

Elmer Lenzen, Geschäftsführer der macondo foundation, hob die Rolle des Multilateralismus hervor: „Multilateralismus heißt: Das Powerplay der großen Mächte wird ersetzt durch Regeln, denen sich alle unterwerfen. Jeder gibt und jeder bekommt.“ Zugleich warnte Lenzen davor, gesellschaftlich notwendige Veränderungen als reines Weiter-So zu denken: „Nostalgie ist auf diesem Weg ein schlechter Ratgeber. Alternde Gesellschaften mögen sich die Zukunft als Vergangenheit 2.0 wünschen.“

Profit and Purpose – An (im)perfect match?

What are companies for? The rules for companies have changed. The focus is increasingly on their sustainable, social, and ecological impacts. The strategic orientation toward the so-called corporate purpose is decisive for profitable growth in the future.


This currently results in a large number of questions for businesses: How do you find an inspiring and future-oriented corporate purpose, and how can it be aligned in such a way that it brings profitable growth and social responsibility in concert? The new 2019 edition of the Global Goals Yearbook offers answers to these crucial questions thanks to its consistent orientation toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals and a competent editorial board and author pool.


The driver of development is to a large extent competition for the best minds. But it is not only the human resources departments that are pushing the topic. Experts speak instead of “inclusive capitalism” and urge that all stakeholders be taken along, including boards of management, customers, and even fund managers. Responsible businesses have governance structures that monitor and advise on environmental, social, as well as financial issues. When leaders understand and thrive within the broader social and environmental con- texts in which their businesses operate, it signals to employees, investors, and key stakeholders just how important purpose really is.


What is business for? What role does and should business play in society? To what extent should it perform a public purpose alongside its commercial activities? How should the aspirations of humanity, as set out in the Sustainable Development Goals, be reflected in the objectives of business? John Elkington, doyen of the sustainability community, together with Richard Roberts writes: “Being a little more ‘sustainable’ than your peers will do little to insulate a company from external shocks caused by extreme weather or extreme politics. So companies are going to have to step up to become much more active and effective agents of systems change, unless they are content simply to be passengers on a voyage captained by the ghost of Milton Friedman, which appears to be headed toward the mother of all icebergs.”


This realignment is taking place in turbulent times. Planning was yesterday. Today we are constantly exposed to new surprises, and the biggest uncertainty factor is politics. Is an era of instability beginning? Uncertainty is not good. It disturbs our planning. That is a significant problem for the economy, for entire societies, and for each individual. Growing levels of uncertainty mean that our picture of the future is becoming increasingly blurred, which has an impact on economic development. Citizens and businesses are holding back, purchases are being postponed, and investment plans are being cut back.


Climate change will have the greatest impact on those living in poverty, but it also threatens democracy and human rights, according to an UN expert. “Even if current targets are met, tens of millions will be impoverished, leading to wide- spread displacement and hunger,” says the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, Philip Alston. „We risk a ‘climate apartheid’ scenario, where the wealthy pay to escape overheating, hunger, and conflict while the rest of the world is left to suffer.”


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Global Goals Yearbook on Partnership Becomes a Medalist for US Book Award

The latest edition of the Global Goals Yearbook 2018, covering „Partnership for the Goals“, has won the bronze medal at the 12th Axiom Business Book Awards. The yearbook finished third in the category “Business Ethics” behind the new book of Harvard authority Clayton M. Christensen.


Presenting the Global Goals Yearbook 2018, with a Focus on Partnerships for the Goals

The future of the United Nations is more uncertain now than at any time before. Like his predecessors, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has promised to reform the United Nations. The drivers are two major agreements: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Climate Accord. Both stand for a move away from statal, top-down multilateralism and toward a new form of partnership between the public and private sectors as well as civil society. But how can these new partnerships for the Global Goals look like? This is the main topic of the Global Goals Yearbook 2018, published under the auspices of the macondo foundation.
Our world is truly not sustainable at this time. To make the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development a success story, we need an enormous increase in effort. This cannot happen without help from the private sector. But businesses need a reason to contribute as well as attractive partnerships that are based on win-win constellations.

We have no alternative but to rethink the role that public–private partnerships can play in this effort. That is why United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres is calling upon UN entities to strengthen and better align their private-sector engagement. In every change there is a new chance.

The Global Goals Yearbook 2018 discusses the many aspects of how private-sector engagement can be improved. Recommendations are, among other things, to revise multilateralism, partnership models, and processes as well as to invest more in trust, a failure culture, as well as metrics and monitoring.

When businesses engage in partnerships for the Goals, this is more than just signing checks. It means inserting the “do good” imperative of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into corporate culture, business cases, innovation cycles, investor relationships, and, of course, the daily management processes and (extra-)financial reporting.

The Yearbook includes arguments from academic and business experts, the World Bank, and the Club of Rome, as well as UN entities, among them UNDP, UNSSC, UNOPS, UN JIU, and UN DESA.

A core question concerns financing partnerships.

Sustainable development requires sustainable financing. UN sources estimate the need for financing the SDGs to be from $4 to 4.5 trillion annually. Current annual investments total about $1.5 trillion. So we are talking about an annual investment gap of $2.5 to $3 trillion. To close this gap, financing from private sources is needed, including from capital markets, institutional investors, and businesses.

With private-sector engagement, not only does a new player enter the arena, but also new rules are being applied: “Financing” is a fundamentally different concept than the traditional idea of “funding.” It connects the “return on investment” concept with the SDGs. The question is: How do we combine social benefits with profit?

Good practices.
Corresponding to the idea of learning from role models, the Global Goals Yearbook 2018 includes 39 good practices of corporate participants that showcase different approaches to the implementation of the SDGs.

Global Goals Yearbook 2018

Münster 2018: macondo publishing, 172 pages
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About the Global Goals Yearbook:

The Global Goals Yearbook is a publication in support of the SDGs and the advancement of corporate sustainability globally. It offers proactive and in-depth information on key sustainability issues and promotes unique and comprehensive knowledge-exchange and learning in the spirit of the SDGs and the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact. The Global Goals Yearbook helps to advance corporate transparency, promotes the sharing of good business practices, and, perhaps most significantly, gives a strong voice to the regional and global stakeholders that are at the heart of the sustainability agenda.

Yearbook Recognized As UN Flagship Publication

2017 Yearbook Edition “Sustainability in Troubled Times” Recognized As UN Flagship Publication

The 2017 edition of the Global Compact International Yearbook, titled “Sustainability in Troubled Times,” was officially recognized as a UN flagship publication at the conference on “Public–Private Partnerships for the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” (Geneva, April 10 – 13, 2018). Dr. Elmer Lenzen, Chair of the macondo foundation, which is the patron of the Global Goals Yearbook, emphasized in his acceptance speech the significant role that the partnerships between the United Nations and the private sector must play to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda.


Nachhaltigkeit in unsicheren Zeiten: Global Compact International Yearbook 2017

Wir leben in Zeiten der Unsicherheit und globaler (Un)Ordnung. „Das Verständnis von globalen Trends ist essenziell. Wir leben in Zeiten der vielfachen und sich gegenseitig verstärkenden Veränderungen“, so UN-Generalsekretär Antonio Guterres. „Durch diese geopolitischen, demografischen, klimatischen, technischen, sozialen und ökonomischen Kräfte steigen sowohl die Bedrohungen als auch die Möglichkeiten ins Unermessliche.“ Nachhaltigkeit in unsicheren Zeiten steht daher im Mittelpunkt des Global Compact International Yearbook 2017.

Im Vorwort wirft Elmer Lenzen, Herausgeber des Global Compact International Yearbook, einen kritischen Blick auf die Beziehung zwischen Demokratie und Globalisierung. Jahrzehntelang galt das Zusammenspiel dieser Faktoren als Erfolgsformel, jetzt durchleben beide Bereiche eine kritische Phase. UN Global Compact Gründungsdirektor Georg Kell und Princeton-Professor Larry Diamond, beides hoch angesehene Experten auf diesem Gebiet, beschreiben einige Gründe für dieses Phänomen in einem ausführlichen Interview. Eine der Erklärungen ist, dass die heutige Welt in immer kleinere Teile zersplittert. Wie kann Nachhaltigkeit in solchen Zeiten funktionieren? Es könne gelingen, wenn wir die Vorzüge der Zukunft nutzen um uns auf die Bedürfnisse der Gegenwart zu fokussieren, ohne dabei die Möglichkeiten der Zukunft einzuschränken, argumentiert Richard Roberts in einem Gastbeitrag. In kritischen Zeiten das richtige zu tun ist aber auch immer eine Frage der Einstellung. Der Unternehmer Richard Branson und die Schauspieler Colin Firth und Marion Cotillard zeigen jeweils auf ihre eigene Weise, dass Nachhaltigkeit immer auch Authentizität bedeutet.

Weitere Themen der neuen Jahrbuchausgabe sind:

Nach dem Klimaabkommen von Paris: Was nun?

Das Klimaabkommen von Paris war einer der größten diplomatischen Errungenschaften der Vereinten Nationen in den vergangenen Jahren. Es steht für die Vision des Multilateralismus und die Fähigkeit der globalen Gemeinschaft, sich ambitionierte Ziele zu setzen. Die Richtung, die die neue Trump-Administration einschlägt, ist daher irritierend, vor allem weil es keinen Ausweg aus der Situation gibt. Das derzeitige Momentum muss aufrecht erhalten werden, mahnt deshalb der CDP-Vorsitzende Paul Simpson in seinem Beitrag. Viele neue Trends bei der Finanzierung des Klimawandels unterstützen diese These. Die fossile Industrie verliert demnach an Boden, weil die erneuerbaren Energien längst wettbewerbsfähig g geworden sind und aufschließen. Dass Unternehmen davon profitieren können, zeigt unter anderem die neue Science Based Targets Initiative des Global Compact.

Das Plastik-Versprechen
Die weltweite Verschmutzung durch Plastik erdrückt unseren Planeten: Bis zu 12,7 Millionen Tonnen Plastik landen jedes Jahr in den Weltmeeren und bedrohen wertvolle Ökosysteme und gefährden die menschliche Gesundheit. Aber so muss es nicht bleiben: Immer mehr Firmen versprechen, ihren Plastikkonsum zu reduzieren.

Die Sustainable Development Goals in Japan

Ein wichtiger Aspekt der Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ist es, dass niemand zurückgelassen wird. Die Kooperation von Regierungen und dem privaten Sektor über die Grenzen der Nationalstaaten ist hierfür unerlässlich. Durch seine Führungsrolle auf dem Gebiet der technologische Innovation – eine der wichtigsten Antriebskräfte der SDGs – hat Japan das Potenzial auch beim Erreichen dieses gemeinsamen Zieles voran zu gehen. Mithilfe eines Berichts des japanischen Wirtschaftsministers, sowie des Columbia-University-Professors Jeffrey D. Sachs und einer gemiensame Studie von IGES und Global Compact Netzwerkes Japan versucht dieses Jahrbuch erstmalig, einen Überblick über die wichtigsten Akteure innerhalb Japans zu schaffen und wirft einen Blick auf die länderübergreifenden Zusammenarbeit, die notwendig ist um den Staat in diese Rolle hineinwachsen zu lassen.

37 Best Practice Beispiele

Um das gegenseitige Lernen zu fördern beinhaltet das Global Compact International Yearbook 37 bewährte Praktiken von Teilnehmern, die auf unterschiedliche Art und Weise an die Umsetzung der zehn Global Compact Prinzipien und der Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) herangehen.


The Global Compact International Yearbook 2017

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Silber-Medaille für das Global Compact International Yearbook 2016

Das Global Compact International Yearbook 2016 hat bei der diesjährigen Verleihung des prestigeträchtigen zehnten Axiom Business Book Awards die Silber-Medaille gewonnen. Die gemeinsame Publikation von macondo publishing und United Nations Publications belegte den zweiten Platz in der Kategorie „Philantrophie/ Nonprofit/ Nachhaltigkeit“. Den ersten Platz belegte Greenleaf Publishing.


Global Compact International Yearbook 2016 published

The idea of sustainability is based on the certitude that we have planetary boundaries. The WWF vividly illustrates this with “Earth Overshoot Day.” It describes the day of the year on which human demands on natural resources exceed the capacity of the earth to reproduce these resources.

„We need new ways of living that will end the suffering, discrimination and lack of opportunity that define the lives of billions of people around the world, and that drive instability and conflict,“ says Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary General in his note in the new „Global Compact International Yearbook“, edition 2016.

What does this mean for corporate sustainability? Business must fit into planetary boundaries. This probably will not work with traditional business models. That is why we need new, fresh ideas. We need change, even when it happens in a rough, disruptive way, and the earlier the better. When you talk about the Sustainable Development Goals, you have to talk about sustainable innovation. The SDGs are the agenda, innovation is the pathway.

The focus theme of the Global Compact International Yearbook 2016 therefore is sustainable innovation, dividing the topic into the chapters disruption, decarbonization, talents and future markets. This categorization corresponds to this years SDG approach of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Other issues of the yearbook are:


Be the change that you wish to see in the world, Mahatma Ghandi said. In a time of profound political, environmental, and social upheavals, examples are more important than ever. In our category “Changemaker,” we introduce women and men who are making credible contributions to sustainable development. Most of us desire change, but there is only a small group of people who are acting to make that change happen. That makes them exceptional. And we are proud to introduce them through interviews and individual profiles.

With interviews and portraits of

•    Angelina Jolie
•    Alejandro Aravena
•    Navi Radjou
•    Robert Redford
•    Sigourney Weaver
•    Peter Singer
•    Mina Guli
•    Kevin McCloud

Cities of the future

To navigate the big challenges of the next decades, cities must be innovative, flexible, livable, and sustainable. By 2050, seven out of ten people on earth will live in cities. Urban living will be the norm, but life for many of these roughly 6 billion people will be everything else but normal. Water, waste, and transportation problems; the lack of housing, jobs, and security; and access to education, participation, and information will be just some of the challenges.

Future cities will not automatically be romantic, smart, zero-emissions sites. It is rather hard work to make cities places worth living in. on the path, many questions have to be answered: Where will our food come from? How can we overcome gridlock? How can we motivate locals for sustainable lifestyles? Can we create sharing cities? What do green buildings and green neighborhoods look like? Answers to these and other questions are given in our section “City of the Future.”

Good Practices

Corresponding to the idea of mutual learning, the Global Compact International Yearbook includes 29 good practices of corporate participants that showcase different approaches to the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in accordance to the Ten Principles of the Global Compact. The Global Compact International Yearbook is a product of the macondo publishing and United Nation Publications in cooperation with the Global Compact Offices and networks around the world.


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About the United Nations Global Compact International Yearbook

The Global Compact International Yearbook is a product of macondo publishing in support of the UN Global Compact and the advancement of corporate sustainability globally. The aim of the Yearbook is to create a global overview of the achievements of the UN Global Compact. As an independent publication, it offers proactive and in-depth information on key sustainability issues to stakeholders, and promotes unique and comprehensive knowledge-exchange and learning in the spirit of the Global Compact Principles. The publication helps to advance transparency, promotes the sharing of good practices, and provides a strong voice to the regional and global actors who are at the heart of the initiative.‐

Global Compact International Yearbook mit US-Buchpreis ausgezeichnet

Die aktuelle Ausgabe des Global Compact International Yearbook 2015 mit Leonardo DiCaprio  als prominentem Autor und dem Themenschwerpunkt Global Compact+15 ist mit einer Bronzemedaille bei den 20. Independent Publisher Book Awards ausgezeichnet worden. Das Verlagshaus macondo publishing belegte in der Kategorie „Finance/Investment/Economics“ den dritten Platz hinter der Stanford University Press und der Financial Literacy Press. Weiterlesen

UN-Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon: „What began as a simple call to action has become a global force for good“

The Global Compact International Yearbook is with more than 400,000 readers one of the worlds leading CSR publications. In the new edition Leonardo DiCaprio speaks about business and sustainability. Declares DiCaprio: „€œWe need to change our thinking and our sense of urgency.“€ Leonardo DiCaprio may be one of the world’s top movie stars, but he would rather be defined and respected more for his work as a committed environmentalist. Over the years, he has personally funded as well as helped to raise tens of millions of dollars for a variety of green-related causes. He believes that his greatest legacy will be the progress he has helped make toward safeguarding the planet against the ravages of global warming, pollution, and species protection.