For the third consecutive year since the approval of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Spanish Global Compact Local Network collects in a publication the advances and implications on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in Spanish companies. This edition «SDG, year 3. A global partnership for 2030 Agenda», is dedicated to partnerships around 2030 Agenda and to the national partnership led by the Spanish Government in which the Spanish Network is a key actor.
The presentation of the publication to the general public took place in the Mapfre auditorium in Madrid. This event, which is the culmination of a year of intense activity for 2030 Agenda in Spain, was inaugurated by Clara Bazán, Mapfre’s sustainability director, who stressed that «if we don’t all join together through partnership, we won’t be able to achieve this development Agenda». On his part, Ángel Pes, president of the Spanish Local Network, has encouraged to be part of the first generation that tries a change: «every day counts, we must move from promises to realities. We are focused on companies and we have a very clear objective: to make all companies aware of what SDGs are». He also called to action: «we are in discount time, the year 2030 is near, and we need that companies know and participate in this challenge ”.
Cristina Sánchez, deputy director at the Spanish Network, had presented the main conclusions of the publication: «In our publication we have identified three major challenges that we must move forward and work in partnerships: financing for sustainable development, education and awareness-raising and climate change and renewable energies».
The debate was opened with a panel moderated by Vanesa Rodríguez, Spanish Network´s Communication Manager, which focused on the business dimension of multi-stakeholder partnership for 2030 Agenda. The institutional point of view has been given by Isabel Garro, special advisor to the High Commissioner for 2030 Agenda: «we are carrying out an exercise to approach 2030 Agenda and a landing that will lead us to its application in three main lines: awareness at all levels, there are many people who do not know the Agenda; governance, through an ambitious strategic plan and metrics, to know what knowledge we have and how to apply the SDGs». On the part of civil society, Lara Contreras from Oxfam Intermón, stressed that in order to achieve the SDGs «we have to make concrete proposals and change policies to transform the economic-social model we have today, analysing and working through indicators and metrics. In this transforming Agenda, each one of us has a role to play, and we have to go towards a common model with a common objective». Finally, from a supranational institution, Paz Guzmán Caso de los Cobos, economic advisor in the Representation of the European Commission in Spain, said that «the European Commission is approaching the Agenda in two phases: «first, mapping the SDGs with our priorities until 2020 and secondly, through a strategy, we have created a multi-stakeholder group of experts to try to influence the debate and find out what Europe we want for 2030».
Clara Bazán, Sustainability Manager of Mapfre, has been moderate the second debate about Spanish business partnership for 2030 Agenda, with prominent representatives of organizations related to the private sector. Joaquín Nieto, Director of the ILO Office for Spain, said that «we are in a very interesting moment, global supply chains are changed, this presents opportunities and challenges. These chains are very important for complying with the SDGs, for example, if these workers are well paid they will be able to get out of poverty and the company will already be complying with the 1 goal″. In this sense, Alvaro Schweinfurth, deputy director of Foreign Policy and Multilateral Relations of CEOE has stressed that «relations with value chains are not simple, they are very complex and companies should not assume all responsibilities, also states have to do their part”. For his part, Carlos Ruiz, Director of Economy and Innovation of CEPYME (SMES bigest association) has stressed that «either we involve small and medium enterprises or we will not be able to achieve the SDGs”. And finally Nieves Gamiz, director of development of new projects at CEBEK, concluded «we see a great opportunity to value what SMEs are doing. SDGs are an opportunity for our companies and good practices are essential for other companies to follow it».