Making Global Goals Local Business – Canada

Making Global Goals Local Business - Canada: October 5-6 2021

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

DAY 1 – October 5, 2021

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

Learn how the “A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy” plan can catalyze economic growth and the ways that businesses can benefit from this opportunity.

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET Panel: Upholding Human Rights to Leave No One Behind

Discuss how businesses can strengthen human rights by integreating child labour, equality and inclusion, fair wages and dignified work into their operations and across the value chain.

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: How to Embed Gender Equality as a Corporate Sustainability Priority

This masterclass will help companies identify methods to embed their targets and progress related to gender equality within their existing strategic approach, goals and reporting for sustainability.

4:30 PM - 4:45 PM ET Transition

4:45 PM - 5:15 PM ET Rapid Fire Spotlight: Transformational Change Through Global Impact Initiatives

Learn how businesses utilize Global Impact Initiatives to deliver practical solutions to advance sustainability in their operations.

5:15 PM - 6:30 PM ET Networking Session

DAY 2 – October 6, 2021

12 PM - 12:45 PM ET Closing Plenary: Uniting Business for a Better Future

Closing addresses that reflect on the first day of the summit, consider the forthcoming day’s sessions, and emphasize how critical partnership is to achieving the 2030 Agenda.

12:45 PM - 1:15 PM ET Rapid Fire Spotlight: The Next Decade of Sustainability Reporting

Discuss best practices and global trends that foster knowledge sharing and greater transparency, as well as the considerations for increased coalescence in global reporting standards.

1:15 PM - 1:30 PM ET Networking Break

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM ET Panel: Fast-Tracking Circular Economy in Canada

Address key short- and medium-term actions items for businesses to enable the transition to a circular economy through collaboration, improved resource utilisation and risk mitigation.

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM ET Panel: Future-Proof Strategies for Sustainable Procurement

Learn what leading Canadian corporations are doing to incentivize, encourage, and support SMEs to become more sustainable.

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

Discuss what strong corporate governance looks like, the value of cross-sector partnership, and how data analytics can support risk or scoping assessments, and stronger control mechanisms.

4:00 PM - 4:15 PM ET Networking Break

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM ET Fireside Chat: Leveraging Digitalisation for Ambitious SDG Action

Explore the ways that businesses can avoid the downsides of unchecked innovation while tapping into the limitless sustainability potential of digitalisation.

5:15 PM - 6:30 PM ET Networking Session

Past Speakers

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell : Lieutenant Governor of OntarioThe Honorable Minister Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic DevelopmentGudie Hutchings, Minister of Parliament, Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic DevelopmentKaren Jensen - Federal Pay Equity Commissioner, Canadian Human Rights CommissionKadie Ward: Commissioner and CAO, Pay Equity Office of OntarioMichael Ward: CEO and Chief Sustainability Office - IKEA CanadaMarcelo Lu, Former President BASF CanadaSuzanne Bergeron : President - Sodexo CanadaJohn Coyne : Vice President, External Affairs & Sustainability - Unilever Canada Inc.Theresa Jang : Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer - StantecDeland Kamanga - Head of Global Markets: BMOGeoff Pegg - Sustainability Director, TELUS

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