The United Nations Global Compact Network Nigeria, Weekend, promised to mobilize for greater cross-functional collaboration among business corporations to tackle issues that surround sustainability in the post-COVID-19 era.
However, This comes as the United Nations Global Compact Network Nigeria said that it is striving to strengthen local ties and catalyze enterprises and stakeholders to help Nigeria achieve Agenda 2030.
Mrs. Soromidayo George, Chair of the UN Global Compact Network Nigeria, also said this at a one-day Open House and onboarding session of the UN Global Compact Network Nigeria.
Mrs. Uto Ukpanah, a Board Member of the UN Network Nigeria and Company Secretary of MTN Nigeria Plc, represented George.
According to her, the theme also resonates with how we can promote greater cross-functional collaboration in addressing some of our country’s greatest sustainability challenges.
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“Our Local Network works tirelessly to stimulate the creation of local connections and catalyzes companies and stakeholders to adopt our ten principles and set ambitious targets to achieve Agenda 2030 in Nigeria.
“We strive to mobilize a local movement of sustainable companies and stakeholders with the aim of improving the lives of future generations; guided by the Ten Universal Principles and the 17 SDGs.
“The UN Network Nigeria supports companies and stakeholders in understanding what responsible business means within a global and local context and provides guidance to translate sustainability commitments into action.
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“We understand that the purposeful unity of businesses for a stable and progressive world order is more inevitable and compelling now than ever before.
“Businesses must take Human Rights, Labour, Environment, and Anti-corruption into consideration at every step of the way,” she added.
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Also speaking, Naomi Nwokolo, Executive Director, UN Global Compact Network Nigeria and Chair, African Regional Network Council- United Nations Global Compact, stressed the need for commitment to business principles to achieve targets.
She also urged participants to remain committed to the implementation of the Ten Principles that were categorized into human rights, labour, the environment, and anti-corruption.
“In order to achieve sustainability, corporate companies must also adjust their business mentality from aiming to be the best in the world to striving to be the best for the world”, she said.