Eight takeaways from the first day of Responsible Business Summit New York

Paul Zeitz, co-founder of SDG Compacts, Global Development Incubator, was one of several speakers who stressed the need for urgent action to tackle the myriad social and environmental problems humanity now faces. “We are in the ICU.  Our species is under threat and I’m not sure we are going to make it.”

Companies should be tackling the SDGs not just at the level of the 17 goals, but through the 169 subsidiary targets the UN has set to achieve them.  And since 70% of the targets have to be implemented at the city level, that is where the greatest opportunities lie for companies.

“There are literally trillions of dollars looking for [investment] pathways that are aligned around the SDGs,” Zeitz said.

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