In September 2015, the UN General Assembly unanimously adopted Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (“The 2030 Agenda”), an ambitious plan of action establishing 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 global targets. These Goals and targets provide an integrative framework, encompassing the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development. Yet a 2018 PwC study on the 2030 Agenda finds that while 72% of companies referred to the Goals in their annual reports only 19% of their CEOs mentioned them in Chair reports and companies have yet to formulate a concrete plan to incorporate the SDGs into strategies and actions. (Source: PwC SDG Reporting Challenge 2018.) As the SDGs lead the way in driving purpose, permanence and impact in global sustainable development, it is imperative that we accelerate our organizational sustainability agenda to integrate goals and targets outlined by the 2030 agenda.
Key takeaways for webinar participants include:
A brief overview of the SDG’s including sector trends and benchmarks;
An SDG integration roadmap process;
Industry examples demonstrating how SDG’s are driving organizational change and performance; and
Practical tools and techniques for SDG implementation.
Nitesh has been focused on sustainability and socio-economic businesses in the public and private sector. He was part of Nelson Mandela’s government after apartheid was abolished in 1994. He joined South Africa’s Department of Trade and Industry and
served as South Africa’s economic attaché in Beijing and Shanghai for almost 4 years. His interests in Environmental, Social & Governance issues (ESG), Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) continued as he led teams of professionals in a provincial
Government agency in South Africa. Their focus was on socio-economic development, export promotion and foreign direct investment. After a number of years in the public sector, Nitesh then turned his attention to scenario planning and risk management
where he joined a US company in South Africa to focus on enterprise & value chain risk management and corporate governance. His broad consulting experience continued when he was offered to head-up an international China consulting practice.
In the US, Nitesh has been involved in a number of startups. He was VP-Shared Services of a finance company that focused on alternative asset classes. Here his work supported sales, marketing, compliance and business development. This led him to another
fin-tech startup that focused on developing an online platform for SBA loans. An amazing collaboration with channel partnerships increased business loans to small business. His interests in ESG and CSR then focused on water/wastewater, energy
and health projects with a large energy drink company. He also completed a pilot study on indirect potable reuse with Stanford, City of Palo Alto and a few consulting firms. Nitesh has now been involved in implementing the UN Sustainable Development
Goals (SDGs) and ESG road maps. He has worked with local and international companies, assisting them in prioritizing the SDG goals and developing ESG specific programs.
Nitesh has a Public Administration degree with majors in Public Administration, Political Science and Industrial Psychology. He completed an honors and masters’ degrees in International Relations from Rhodes University in South Africa, and an
MBA from Henley Management College (now University of Reading, UK). He is currently studying at the Thought Leaders Business School in Australia and a board member of a non-profit in Palo Alto. His most notable leadership award was the
Archbishop Tutu fellowship award that focused on diversity and good governance.
CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
ISSP credential holders will earn 0.5 CEUs for attending this webinar.
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