Sustainability Seminar Series: Implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals - Drivers, Barriers, Business Pratices

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 14:00 to 16:00


The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are omnipresent in discussions about corporate sustainability and sustainable development in general. While there seems to be broad consensus about their principal worth as a blueprint for a more sustainable economy, concerns have been raised about their practical implementation. Apart from individual companies using the SDGs in their sustainability reporting, in the development of new business models, as a lever for sustainable change etc., ongoing projects are making concerted efforts to support business large and small in their learning processes. This seminar will focus on two projects that aim to support the uptake of the SDGs among Danish businesses: Fra filantropi til forretning (‘From Philanthropy to Business’) and SDG Accelerator, which are run by DI and UNDP respectively with funding from Industriens Fond. Fra Filantropi til forretning has 21 participating companies and aims to support their ability to use the SDGs strategically to support competitiveness. SDG Accelerator has 30 medium-sized industrial companies on board and aims to support their ability to innovate and create new business opportunities and growth using the SDGs.

The seminar will have presentations from the managers of the two projects, Erik Thomas Johnson from DI (Fra Filantropi til Forretning) and Kristoffer Nilaus Tarp from UNDP (SDG Accelerator). They will present and engage in discussions about the starting points, process learning and findings of the two projects. To set the stage and add a critical dimension to the discussion about instrumental uses of the SDGs, Steen Vallentin from CBS Sustainability will make a short presentation focusing on burgeoning concerns and critiques regarding the SDGs, ranging from SDG washing to discrepancies among the different goals.

Sign Up

Please sign up before the 12th  of May 2019 by sending an email to Jakob Winkler,


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