With inequality and sea levels on the rise, and the world often literally being on fire, change is needed to build a sustainable future for ourselves and future generations. Recognising the need for change, world leaders adopted a 2030 Sustainability Agenda at the United Nations in 2015. The charter was signed off by leaders from all sectors.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has triggered a significant amount of energy among individual players, cross-sectoral collaboration as well as a proliferation of online platforms, data engines, and coalitions aspiring to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Increasing consensus exists that a ‘new normal’ is needed.
Business and investors have a critical and transformative role to play in achieving the ambitious 2030 sustainability agenda. Not only is the private sector needed to gather the $5-7 trillion that is needed each year to achieve the Agenda, consumers, investors, and other stakeholders increasingly demand more sustainable practices from the sector.
Despite positive momentum, several acute delivery challenges have surfaced: First, it is clear that even sustainability leaders often lack the internal systems to manage their impact strategically and connect into the resources and partners they need. Second, while the 2030 Agenda requires greater collaboration between actors, a highly fragmented ecosystem complicates our collective ability to do so. Our conversations with ~200 practitioners in sustainability confirmed that today’s systems are not ‘fit for purpose’. Their single largest challenge: Not having the insights, networks, and resources at their fingertips that they need to deliver. It is time for a ‘systems rethink’.
This is why we started C-Change.