Words from the Global Leaders
Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Vice-Chair of the U.N. Global Compact, Former CEO of Unilever By putting itself to the service of others. By putting purpose above profit. And by putting shared responsibility and prosperity as the kitemarks of success, business can be the catalyst for the transformative progress the world desperately needs. The central message of ‘Legacy’ could not therefore be more pertinent. Business truly can change the world. And as this book shows, everyone can make their own individual contribution.
Director-General of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Geneva When taken together and properly channelled, each individual contribution, each humanitarian gesture – no matter how small – be it from a volunteer or a corporation, amounts to a potentially massive force for good, a force for alleviating suffering. This book and the people who helped write it are a great example of collaboration to provide a much bigger impact than each one of us can make alone.
President of UN Global Compact Network Singapore We can secure the inheritance of a better world to live for the next generation.For centuries, humans have evolved and survived calamities and strife. It should not be different for this generation. Complex or costly, solutions are in sight. Willpower is a necessary ingredient. Every purposeful action, big or small, can make a positive difference. Draw inspiration from these fellow authors and act now.
About the Authors
Legacy is co-written by 52 change-makers, business leaders and thought leaders who put giving at the core of their business and transform the world by doing what they do every day. The chapter from Remote founders and co-Directors Jeannie and Paul McGillivray covers Sustainable Goal number 8 – Good Jobs and Economic Growth.
What are the Sustainable Development Goals?
In 2015, a group of well-respected business leaders got together in Geneva. People like Sir Richard Branson, Paul Polman and Bill Gates. And what they launched that day gave the world something new; something we’ll look back on as a critical moment in time. They laid out a plan for business to save our world. The plan had 17 goals and they gave us until 2030 to reach those goals. This plan became the Sustainable Development Goals (the SDGs) or the Global Goals. Think of it as a pathway for business and a pathway for humanity.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to encourage sustained economic growth by achieving higher levels of productivity through technological innovation. Promoting policies that encourage entrepreneurship and job creation are key to this, as are effective measures to eradicate forced labour, slavery and human trafficking. With these targets in mind, the goal is to achieve full and productive employment, and decent work, for all women and men by 2030.
We believe every business would become better by operating in alignment to the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Spread the word and give it some thought.
This brilliantly conceived and crafted book shows how ‘ordinary’ people are adopting, embracing and applying the goals and directly changing our world. More importantly, this book shows you how you can tread that pathway with them.