Making Global Goals Local Business – Canada
Catalyzing a resilient future in the Decade of Action
October 5th-6th, 2021
Mobilize ambitious and responsible business conduct in Canada to drive progress, enhance resiliency, and generate impactful solutions for global challenges during the Decade of Action.
On October 5-6th, Global Compact Network Canada, in collaboration with the UN Global Compact, will host the Making Global Goals Local Business – Canada, a two-day virtual conference that will bring together local and global leaders from business, civil society, government, Global Compact Local Networks and the United Nations to inform, inspire, and catalyze collective approaches in Canada.
This year’s theme is “Catalyzing a resilient future in the Decade of Action” and will look at how businesses are working to embed sustainable development across Canada and around the world. While progress has been made towards the Global Goals, the world is currently not on track to achieve them. Ongoing obstacles including entrenched racial discrimination, widening gender gaps, and inadequate climate action that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic pose significant challenges and threaten to stall progress during the critical final ten years of the 2030 Agenda. More than ever, we need collective action, inspiring role models, and increased accountability to move the dial forward and forge a better world for all.
This conference will provide a platform for Canadian companies and individuals to share impactful solutions, strengthen cross-sector partnerships, and resolve to meet the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to bring about momentous progress during the Decade of Action.
Learn about outstanding sustainability strategies undertaken by Canadian companies and foster multi-stakeholder partnerships by:
- Identifying solutions and best practices to support environment, human rights, labour and anti-corruption principles for your organization
- Contributing in a meaningful way to the flagship event of the UN Global Compact in Canada
- Exploring outstanding actions undertaken by Canadian companies to conduct business responsibly and advance the SDGs
- Establishing new and strengthening existing networks with a wide range of sustainability leaders
- Discovering new opportunities for collaboration between business, government, NGOs, the UN and academia
- Accessing a current and comprehensive agenda of sustainability topics and resources on an engaging virtual platform
12 PM - 12:45 PM ET Opening Plenary: Partnership for the Goals and Inspiring Future Action
Keynote addresses from recognized leaders will inspire attendees to drive progress, build back more resilient, and generate impactful solutions for global challenges during the Decade of Action.
12:45 PM - 1:45 PM ET Fireside Chat: Building Resilience - Canada's Roadmap to 2030
Explore how Canada’s 2030 Agenda National Strategy will help scale corporate sustainability efforts needed to build back better and meet the Global Goals.
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM ET Networking Break
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET Panel: Environmental Sustainability as a Catalyst of Economic Growth
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET Panel: Upholding Human Rights to Leave No One Behind
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM ET Networking Break
3:30 PM - 4:30PM ET Masterclass: How to Set a Net-Zero Target in Line with a 1.5°C Future
This masterclass will break down complexities around science-based targets, explore why they are crucial, and learn how Canadian companies are taking action towards this commitment.
3:30 PM - 4:30PM ET Masterclass: Indigenous Rights and Business Reconciliation
This session will provide an overview of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations for businesses, and key actions that organizations can take to support the rights of Indigenous workers, businesses, and communities.
4:30 PM - 4:45 PM ET Transition
4:45 PM - 5:15 PM ET Rapid Fire Spotlight: Transformational Change Through Accelerators
Learn how businesses utilize Global Impact Accelerators to deliver practical solutions to advance sustainability in their operations.
5:15 PM - 6:30 PM ET Networking Session
12 PM - 12:45 PM ET Closing Plenary: Uniting Business for a Better Future
12:45 PM - 1:15 PM ET Bâtir des partenariats multipartites pour accélérer l'atteinte des ODD : En pratique
Apprenez lors de cette session en français par où commencer pour développer des partenariats multipartites innovants et efficaces pour l’avancement des ODD, avec une attention particulière sur la collaboration entre les organismes de la société civile et les entreprises.
1:15 PM - 1:30 PM ET Networking Break
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM ET Panel: Fast-Tracking Circular Economy in Canada
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM ET Panel: Future-Proof Strategies for Sustainable Procurement
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM ET Networking Break
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET Masterclass: Strengthening SMEs to Accelerate Impact in the Decade of Action
Explore how SMEs can build resiliency, adopt digitalization and future-proof procurement to accelerate local and global collective impact for achieving the SDGs.
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET Panel: Strengthening Integrity Measures and Corporate Governance
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM ET Networking Break
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM ET Fireside Chat: Leveraging Digitalisation for Ambitious SDG Action
5:15 PM - 6:30 PM ET Networking Session