This event about opportunities and risks for private sector was run by Global Compact Spanish Local Network, CEOE and the International Labour Organization (ILO-Spain).
Secretary General of Confederation of Employers and Industries of Spain (CEOE), Ana Plaza, said that «business are a major player in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and institutional and legal frameworks are needed to boost local production and attract foreign investment».
General Manager of the Spanish Global Compact Network, Isabel Garro, who also spoke at the opening of the workshop, said that «our Network has been working for two years on landing SDGs in our country and we will help companies to guide its strategy according to SDGs». «Our national priorities are related to transparency, inclusive employment, environment and public-private partnerships».
In the workshop, two panel discussions were held with the participation of companies and multistakeholders organizations. The first pannel, called «SDGs opportunities», was attended by Eva Pulido, deputy director of Business Internationalization and Multilateral Trade in Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade (ICEX); Julio Eisman, director of ACCIONA Microenergía Foundation; Nerea Plaza, Head of Corporate Responsibility in AGBAR; Monica Oviedo, Head of Sustainability Management in IBERDROLA and Miguel Angel Martinez de la Riva, Head of Enterprise and Development AECID in the Spanish Agency for International Development (AECID). This panel was moderated by Roberto Suarez, vice general secretary of the International Organization of Employers (OIE).
In the second panel, «SDGs and risk management» were analysed by José Luis Blasco, Head of Governance, Risk and Compliance in KPMG; Clara Bazán, CSR director of MAPFRE; Gloria Vidal, manager of CSR Systems of REPSOL, and Miguel Vega, Institutional Relationship Maganer of SIGRE. The dialogue was moderated by Regina Palla, Assistant Director Sustainability of COFIDES.
Joaquín Nieto, ILO-Spain director, closed the meeting stressing that «never before leaders worldwide had committed in a program of action for such a broad and universal transformative agenda for people, planet and prosperity «. He said that «social dialogue and tripartite cooperation between governments and institutions, companies and private sector, workers and civil society will be essential to make possible such an ambitious agenda.»