A Toolkit to Turn Global Goals into Local Business

Client: UN Global Compact

Partners: Monday Morning Global Institute (MMGI)

Description: When 193 world leaders in September 2015 adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the UN Global Compact faced a unique challenge: The organization aims to catalyse business action on sustainable development, and the SDGs created a huge momentum for both adding more participants to the Compact’s already impressive roster of 8,000+ businesses and for catalysing change on the ground to push for sustainable business globally. But the UNGC had to move fast to use the momentum, and a lot of other organizations are also catering to sustainable businesses.

Through a dynamic development process out together in collaboration with MMGI we presented a number of options for initiatives that would let UN Global Compact take the seat as the pre-eminent organisation connecting business to the SDGs. During the fall of 2015 the work crystallized into two initiatives:

  • The Local SDG Pioneers campaign – a global search for businesses making an impact locally via their business – and:
  • A toolkit for the more than 80 Global Compact Local Networks to kickstart their own series of events to engage business locally in the SDGs.

The toolkit was designed to offer maximum support for local organizers but still allow them to adjust the events to a local context. Guided by a playbook and a week by week calendar, organizers can use the presentations, graphics, process tools and media kits to create events of varying ambition from a two-hour neywork meeting to a full day conference. The kit was presented in early February 2016 and first response from Local Networks is very positive.