The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have already sparked a new wave of thinking and practical action around how business leaders can act collectively with governments and civil society to address the world’s most pressing problems. The framework of the SDGs has helped prioritise, energise and focus business goals, broker political and cross-sector collaboration, and redefine competitive advantage.
Yet the COVID-19 pandemic represents one of the most fundamental economic and social shocks in living memory, and brings challenges and new horizons for the responsible business agenda. What does corporate purpose look like in the context of the ‘new normal’ and what must business leaders do now to ensure that corporate responsibility is not hindered by the crisis? What sort of lessons from the COVID-19 response will inform and strengthen effective strategy in the future?
Klara Kozlov is Head of Corporate Clients & Consultancy at CAF. CAF works with the world’s leading brands and firms to deliver corporate giving with impact. Klara has over 17 years of experience in advising corporate, NGO and government clients to develop initiatives in sustainability and social innovation. Recently Klara acted as Impact Advisor for the Big Exchange and is studying Global Strategy at SaÏd Business School to understand how best to bring the world of business and stakeholder value together to achieve more sustainable outcomes.
As Head of Sustainability at Anglian Water, Andy is responsible for overseeing the delivery of their sustainability strategy “Love Every Drop”. Love Every Drop is about putting water at the heart of a whole new way of living. As well as overseeing the strategy Andy has direct responsibility for the teams delivering public affairs, community investment and education, customer engagement and behavioural change and employee volunteering programmes across the company.
As Head of CSR at Legal & General, Sara's role is to be the “conscience” of the organisation in the way that it campaigns for social, environmental and economic issues material to its businesses. She works with charities to help L&G solve long term issues that really matter. Sara looks after employee volunteering and engagement programmes for the group and is the driver for the CSR Report. Employee engagement programmes including the Chairman’s community awards, time and sponsorship matching, pennies from heaven, GAYE, Social enterprises and the education programme in schools.
Steve has managed the Secretariat of the UN Global Compact Network UK since 2008, providing support for UK-based endorsers of the UN’s corporate sustainability framework. He was previously a Programme Director at the International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF) leading projects across a wide range of responsible business issue areas. Prior to joining IBLF, Steve was the founder and Managing Director of a successful retail sports equipment business in Canada. He has a B.Comm from the University of British Columbia and an MSc in Business & Environment from Imperial College London.
Kate is Independent communications consultant, specialising in working with organisations of all sizes that seek to drive positive change. In her former role as The Body Shop’s Global Director of Activism and Communications, Kate led the pioneering ethical brand’s campaigning, including the award-winning Forever Against Animal Testing campaign, achieving mass consumer engagement and taking 8.3 million signatures of support to the United Nations. Responsible for The Body Shop’s global communications and activism strategies and its campaigning – including recycled plastic for social change, a global biodiversity programme, domestic abuse during COVID-19 – Kate helped re-establish the brand’s authority as a campaigner and environmental leader.
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