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Ethical Insights: The Sustainable Development Goals
Thu 30 March 2017, 08:30 – 10:00 BST
The Sustainable Development Goals: will they make any difference to workers?
In September 2015, world leaders from 193 countries at the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Its vision is to 'leave no-one behind' and sets out 17 ambitious goals and 169 targets to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. The aim of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is to mobilise action and shape the efforts of governments, businesses, trade unions and civil society organisations across the world.
The SDGs are very ambitious but also very broad, covering a diverse range of goals. SDG 8 in particular refers to decent work and economic growth.
But considering their scope, are the SDGs actually achievable or are they just aspirational yet impractical ideals? How can businesses engage with the SDGs and align them with their own strategies, goals and activities on ethical trade? And how realistic is it to expect the SDGs to show a positive impact on workers' rights?
Our speakers are experts in the field and they will explore current issues, illustrate dilemmas and discuss best practice. Come ready for a challenging debate and discussion over breakfast.
Jon Barnes, Independent Researcher
Jon Barnes is an independent researcher and co-drafted ETI's report on Ethical Trade and the Sustainable Development Goals. Jon will explore the role of the SDGs in ethical trade and discuss how they are relevant to workers' rights, particularly SDG 8 and other key goals.
Amina Khan, Senior Research Officer, Overseas Development Institute
Amina Khan is Senior Research Officer at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). She leads ODI's research on the SDGs and will discuss how progress against the SDGs will be measured. ODI is a leading think tank on international development and humanitarian issues. Their mission is to inspire and inform policy and practice which lead to the reduction of poverty, the alleviation of suffering and the achievement of sustainable livelihoods in developing countries.
Ruth Mhlanga, Private Sector Policy Advisor, Oxfam GB
Ruth Mhlanga is Private Sector Policy Advisor at Oxfam GB. Ruth will give examples on how Oxfam is working with businesses in a practical way to advance the SDGs and offer insights on how businesses can work effectively with NGOs to help deliver the SDGs. A long-standing ETI member, Oxfam GB is a member of Oxfam International, a confederation of 19 independent national organisations, workign with more than 90 countries.
About Ethical Insights
ETI's Ethical Insights series create a safe, open space where we can air challenges, share ideas and learn from one another. We want to generate a spirit of knowledge collaboration, to improve the impact of all our efforts.
At the end of each session, we have a 10-minute 'open mike' for you to share news and propose ideas for future topics.
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