Available on demand: The SDG ‘power hour’ webinar

Sustainability experts from BT, the British Retail Consortium (BRC), the UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD) and DNV GL are all featured in edie's webinar focused on business engagement with the SDGs, which is now available to watch on demand.

The webinar, which took place Thursday 26 July at 2pm, incorporated real-life case studies, practical advice and expert guidance to reveal what energy and sustainability professionals can do to engage with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 


Four speakers presented in the hour-long webinar, which was hosted in association with DNV GL.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Matt Mace, senior reporter, edie (webinar chair).
  • Emily Auckland, network director and co-chair, UKSSD. Emily highlighted the role of business in tackling the SDGs, and how they can push the government to examine the benefits and opportunities of the Goals.
  • Steven Moore, principle consultant on sustainable business, BT. Steven explained how BT is engaging with the Global Goals and using them as an overlay to the firm’s impressive sustainability strategy.
  • Alice Ellison, environment policy advisor, the BRC. Alice provided a case study of how the BRC got the retail sector to collaborate to boost corporate alignment to SDGs covering decent work and economic growth, reduced inequalities, sustainable communities, responsible consumption and production and climate action.
  • Shaun Walden, principal consultant, DNV GL. Shaun gave an overview of the business appetite for the Goals, what challenges remain and what services exist to help align strategies. 


The UN has laid out 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) encompassing 169 targets, and in this webinar, we will spend one hour exploring how the framework can be used by sustainability and energy professionals to truly transform business, for good.

Some 10,000 companies around the world have now pledged to support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in some shape or form, but reports continue to show that a huge proportion of these firms have yet to set any measurable targets to achieve the Goals, nor are they monitoring progress against them.

How can we bridge this gap between ambition and action? What can sustainability and energy professionals do to drive engagement with the SDGs and ensure the framework is leading to tangible actions?

Discussion points:

  • Delivering a successful SDG engagement strategy: the do’s and don’ts
  • How to make the Global Goals local business
  • Measuring and reporting progress against the Goals


The webinar is now available on-demand.

edie staff

Comments (1)

  1. Rob Smart says:

    What do you perceive are the opportunities/challenges for collaborations with sectors with civic mission like Higher Education and emerging alternative economic activity (including the Social Enterprise sector) using the SDG’s (thinking on regional or a city scale)?

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