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Leaders in the SDG Tent in Davos call for sustainability and stakeholder capitalism 

21 January 2020, Davos – 17 industry-leading companies and organizations have come together at the SDG Tent in Davos during the World Economic Forum to put an unprecedented focus on sustainability, stakeholder capitalism and actions to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDG tent is hosting close to 50 events – open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis – on Promenade 139 in Davos, Switzerland from 21 – 24 January 2020. 

“Capitalism has failed because of its focus on short-term profitability and performance. Companies need to be measured not just on their finances, but on how they use their resources to serve their community. If you are a leader, you need to ask yourself: How are your stakeholders, not just your shareholders, being served by what you are doing?,” said Andre Hoffmann, President of InTent and Vice Chairman of Roche Holding Ltd, in the opening panel of the SDG tent.

Peter Bakker, President and CEO of WBCSD, adds: “Capitalism itself is not the challenge. The conversation needs to focus on how we redirect capitalism to truly accelerate the required transformations now. The fix is the relatively simple Triangle of Stakeholder Capitalism: Science-Based Targets (SBTs), Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) information. Simple accounting rules around meaningful ESG indicators – driving the risk assessment, strategic scenario building and management decision-making like TCFD is doing – towards the delivery of the science-based targets, will make Capitalism drive us towards the sustainable world that will serve all people and protect our planet.”

Platinum partners of the SDG Tent include InTent, Royal DSM, Salesforce, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)Y ara International, and Gold Partners include Cargill, Swarovski and UPS. 

These partners will lead events in the tent aimed at accelerating change in an impartial, open platform that is accessible to all, located outside of the security zone at Davos. Sessions will fit within the 50th Annual Meeting’s wider theme of “Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World”, and cover a range of topics from artificial intelligence, health and climate to the plastics economy, youth engagement and youth entrepreneurship. See the full agenda here

“There are many leaders coming together in Davos, but the true elite are those who take responsibility and do the right thing. That means focusing on the long-term and creating value on multiple dimensions for all staekholders. We cannot be successful nor dare to call ourselves successful if we live in a world that fails,” said Feike Sijbesma, CEO and Chairman of the Managing Board of DSM

“Food plays a critical role in the fight against climate change – We cannot solve the climate crisis without transforming the food system. The SDG tent is evidence of a collective responsibility, exercised by food value chain players to drive a fundamental change in the way we grow and share food to nourish 10 billion people on our finite planet. With only a decade left to achieve the SDGs, urgent action is imperative,” says Svein Tore Holsether, President and CEO, Yara International. 

Notable speakers and participants will include Chief Executives, Heads of organizations and political leaders, with a particular focus on the Community of Global Shapers and the Forum of Young Global Leaders, who represent a new generation of innovators. 

About the SDG Tent

The SDG Tent at Davos is an impartial and open space where ideas, thought leadership and unhindered dialogue can flourish and progress the global debate around the role of business and its capacity to deliver sustainable and inclusive development. For the second year in a row, the SDG Tent acts as one, single platform and meeting point for companies and organisations to accelerate change towards achieving the SDGs during the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos.  

The 2020 SDG Tent will host close to 50 events organized by Platinum Partners, including DSM, Salesforce, Yara, WBCSD and InTent and Gold partners, UPS, Cargill and Swarovksi. Sessions will showcase data, business cases and public private partnerships that are innovating, serving societal needs and exceeding financial performance. All events will focus on mobilising action to accelerate change. The SDG Tent is located on Promenade 139 in Davos from 21 – 24 January 2020, outside the security zone. All events can be found on www.businessforsdgs.com. Join the conversation at #businessforsdgs.   

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SDG Tent in Davos mobilises action to accelerate change

13 December 2019, Geneva
 – The SDG Tent at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos from 21-24 January 2020 will put action into focus, aiming to accelerate action needed to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The tent will host close to 30 events organized by more than 10 organisations, with Platinum partners including Royal DSM, Salesforce, Yara International, the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and InTent, and Gold partners including UPS, Cargill and Swarovski. 

“Today, the world is faced with increasingly complex challenges including climate change, resource scarcity and (hidden) hunger. Business has an important role to play in solving these, together with the public sector and civil society. With just 10 years to go until the UN Sustainable Development Goals have to be delivered, it is important to have an open, impartial space in Davos where we discuss what business needs to do, what collective action is needed, to deliver. DSM is proud to be a founding partner of this important initiative,” says Feike Sijbesma, CEO of Royal DSM. 

“Nature loss, climate change and inequality are the greatest systemic risks facing humanity. Yet we continue to degrade natural systems and exacerbate climate change, fueling poverty, hunger and inequality, and undermining our future prosperity and well-being. Markets and our economic system, in their relentless pursuit of growth and myopic obsession with short-term financial performance and shareholder return, ignore nature’s value as well as our dependence and impact upon it. There are solutions. We need a dramatic shift beyond business as usual, beyond GDP and material consumption as measures of progress. And we need to find ways to meet our needs and aspirations within the bounds of one planet. We must give natural, social, human and financial capital equal consideration in boardrooms and governments around the world,” says André Hoffmann, President of InTent.

“The global challenges we are facing are staggering. Food plays a critical role in the fight against climate change – We cannot solve the climate crisis without transforming the food system. The SDG tent is evidence of a collective responsibility, exercised by food value chain players to drive a fundamental change in the way we grow and share food to nourish 10 billion people on our finite planet. With only a decade left to achieve the SDGs, urgent action is imperative,” says Svein Tore Holsether, President and CEO, Yara International. 

Peter Bakker, WBCSD’s President and CEO: “The SDGs provide a framework to support business in managing risks and identifying potentially historic market opportunities. Business has a critical role to play in the realization of the SDG ambitions as a source of finance, an engine of economic growth and employment, and a driver of innovation. With the 2030 SDG deadline starting to loom ever-larger on the horizon, and the planet and climate reminding us of the urgency to act, we see the SDG tent in Davos and WBCSD’s support of it as an important way to set in motion the many much-needed actions for the next decade.”

The SDG Tent is hosted for the second year in a row to put sustainability on the global agenda. The events in the tent will aim to accelerate change in an impartial, open platform that is accessible to all, located outside of the security zone at Davos. Sessions will fit within the 50th Annual Meeting’s wider theme of “Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World”, and cover a range of topics from artificial intelligence, health and climate to the plastics economy, youth engagement and youth entrepreneurship. Notable speakers and participants will include Chief Executives, Heads of organizations and political leaders, with a particular focus on the Community of Global Shapers and the Forum of Young Global Leaders, who represent a new generation of innovators.

About the SDG Tent
The SDG Tent at Davos is an impartial and open space where ideas, thought leadership and unhindered dialogue can flourish and progress the global debate around the role of business and its capacity to deliver sustainable and inclusive development.  For the second year in a row,  the SDG Tent  acts as  one, single platform  and meeting point  for companies and  organisations  to accelerate change towards  achieving  the  SDGs during the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos.  

The 2020 SDG Tent will  host  close to 30 events  organized by  Platinum Partners, including DSM, Salesforce, Yara, WBCSD and InTent and Gold partners, UPS, Cargill and Swarovksi. Sessions will  showcase  data, business cases and public private partnerships that are innovating,  serving societal needs and exceeding financial performance. All events will focus on  mobilising  action to accelerate change. The SDG  Tent is located on Promenade 139 in Davos from 21 – 24 January 2020, outside the security zone. All events can be found on  www.businessforsdgs.com.  Join the conversation at  #businessforsdgs.   

For interviews or further information, please contact:
Ingrid Helsingen Warner
Ingrid.h.warner@leidar.com
+47 94 878 886