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Global Compact Network Canada Launches the First Edition of SDGs Emerging Practice Guide

The Canadian network of the United Nations Global Compact, Global Compact Network Canada (GCNC), in partnership with Global Affairs Canada, has collected 40 entries from companies and nonprofits in Canada for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Emerging Practice Guide.

The guide is published today and includes examples of initiatives from the following companies and organizations intended to advance action towards each of the 17 SDGs. Download the guide.

“The private sector is the fuel that accelerates sustainable development at the local level. However, many businesses are unsure of where to start and are stalled by challenging obstacles such as aligning the SDGs with their respective business agendas. Therefore, we hope that through the sharing of emerging practices, this guide can inspire and provide guidance to all Canadian companies that are still learning about the SDGs and working on integrating them into the core of their business DNA.”  Ayman Chowdhury, Head of Secretariat, Global Compact Network Canada.

Through the UN Global Compact’s extensive global network, we also hope that this guide can position the Canadian private sector as a leader in the international dialogue that addresses the issues outlined across the 17 SDGs.

Today, the GCNC is launching the guide at an in-person event co-hosted by Her Honour, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. The event will feature some emerging practices from the guide in short ted-talk style presentations. For those who could not join the in-person event, the GCNC will also be hosting an online webinar on May 23rd from 12 PM-1PM EDT. View the webinar.

This guide is part of a growing number of tools that the GCNC provides to support the Canadian private sector in embracing sustainable and responsible business practices. Other tools include the Anti-corruption Certificate Program, Guide for General CounselOECD Guidelines Handbook for Canadian Companies, and SDG Surveys.