Online Conference ‘Driving Systems Change – Corporate leadership for the SDGs’

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Date(s) - 26/05/2021 - 28/05/2021
15:00 - 17:30


This free online conference is hosted by Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and the Partnerships Resource Centre, with support of Garrison Institute International and the European Platform for Compassionate Leadership.

Beyond business as usual

Progress on sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals is too slow. It’s difficult to integrate SDGs in core business. How can corporate leaders step up to the challenge and drive systems change? What can we learn from successful leadership examples and role models? In three sessions we discuss business models, principles and practices, and leadership for stepping up to the challenge of driving systems change.


Every day from 15:00 to 17.30 CET, you can access keynote presentations from experts, consultants and leading thinkers in international business, panel discussions, and breakout sessions. You will discover relevant tools and discuss next steps. All parts of the programme are free and open for anyone wanting to participate.

The world is facing fundamental and interrelated systemic challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic as well as environmental and social crises and issues. Those issues cannot be solved by business as usual. Fortunately, there is a framework that can help navigate efforts to deal with them: the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Right now, the SDGs are the best agenda available to share ambitions and measure progress towards the achievement of a large number of common goals.

The private sector’s active involvement is vital in this ambition. But progress is too slow – not because of a lack of intentions, but because of the serious gap in developing advanced strategies in realising the SDGs. It’s difficult to integrate SDGs in core business. So, can corporate leaders step up to the challenge and drive systems change?

We think it is possible – and your contribution is important. Join our free, online conference in which we will exchange experiences, showcase tools and concepts, and learn from leading thinkers and experts. Speakers include prof. Jeffrey Sachs (Columbia University), Peter Bakker (President & CEO of the WBCSD), Robert Metzke (Global Head of Sustainability of Philips), prof. Mette Morsing (Head of PRME of UN Global Compact), Esko Aho (Former Prime Minister of Finland) Paul Polman (Co-Founder of IMAGINE), Kailash Satyarthi (Nobel Peace Laureate 2014), and prof. Rob van Tulder (Rotterdam School of Management & Academic Director of the Partnerships Resource Centre).

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