Agenda Day One | 8 May

Partnership & Innovation: The Keys to Unlocking the SDGs

Day one of the Global Compact Meeting will centre around SDG 17 and SDG 11 – and how working towards these goals connects with the Global Compact Principles. By inviting speakers from the academic, business, civil and governmental sectors the audience will take part in cross-sector experiences of working with the Global Goals as well as get inspiration for forming new partnerships. The meeting day one will be moderated by Johan Kuylenstierna, CEO, Stockholm Environment Institute.

11.00-11.30    Transportation to Volvohallen

11.30-12.20    Registration and lunch

12.20-13.00    Opening

  • Håkan Samuelsson, CEO, Volvo Cars
  • Henrik Madsen, UN Global Compact Board

13.00-14.30    Partnership as the New Leadership

As the world embraces the sustainable development goals, we have embarked on a decisive journey to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges. A unique component of the 2030 Agenda is the call for innovative partnerships. This requires a re-examination of business as usual. Unlike the Millennium Development Goals, the Sustainable Development Goals comprise a much broader sustainability agenda and call for a more universal and comprehensive development framework. Tackling extreme poverty and inequality, providing solutions to environmental, social and ethical challenges, and moving towards a more integrated approach to development is no easy business: it not only requires innovative public-private partnerships but active listening from the different sides.

  • Diana Madunic, Sweden’s CSR Ambassador
  • Elisabeth Dahlin, Secretary-General, Save the Children Sweden
  • Henrik Madsen, UN Global Compact Board
  • Kerstin Lindberg Göransson, CEO, Akademiska Hus
  • Frans Lindelöw, CEO, Skandia
  • Claus Stig Pedersen, Novozymes & 2016 Local SDG Pioneer

14.30-15.30    Coffee Break and networking opportunity

15.30-17.00    Sustainable Cities: The Importance of Creativity and Innovation in Business

Cities make up a critical frontier of global development. By 2050, close to 70 percent of the world’s population is likely to live in urban areas. Rapid urbanisation has made cities both the centres of the world’s economic activity, as well as of social inequality and segregation. Their environmental impact is significant: while they only account for 3% of the Earth’s land, they account for 75% of global carbon emissions and 60-80% of energy usage. Therefore, they are key to realising a sustainable future.

Housing, transport systems and waste management and energy management all contribute to a truly sustainable city. But the city also needs careful and considerate planning, focusing on safe, accessible and inclusive green and public spaces. Business can be frontrunners in shaping these cities, securing first-mover advantages and facilitating sustainable development. How can companies use creativity and innovation to transform the pressing challenges of urban areas into business opportunities and benefits for society at large?

  • Ann-Sofie Hermansson, Mayor of Gothenburg
  • Anna Kramers, PhD, Researcher, Royal Institute of Technology
  • Tom Erixon, CEO, Alfa Laval
  • Torbjörn Holmström, Senior Advisor to the CEO, Volvo Group
  • Monica von Schmalensee, CEO, White Arkitekter
  • Lars Lindén, Group CEO, Ragn-Sells

17.00-17.20    Closing 

  • Johan Kuylenstierna, CEO, Stockholm Environment Institute
  • Susanna Zeko, Focal Point, Global Compact Nordic Network

17.30-18.00    Transportation back to central Gothenburg