The Government of Aragón, in collaboration with the Global Compact Network Spain organized on 12th of September the conference ‘Aragon Companies and SDGs: Global Goals, Local Business’. This action is framed within the Aragon Social Responsibility Plan, promoted by the autonomous social agents and the Executive, through the Aragonese Development Institute (IAF).

The event celebrated the new agreement which extends the protocol of collaboration with the Global Compact Network Spain signed in 2017. The aim of this protocol was to promote communication, training and the impact of companies on the SDGs. In the new agreement, which is based on the ‘ARAGÓN y los ODS: Global Goals, Local Business’ plan, is contemplated, among other actions, the creation of new awards for companies that work in the SDGs and that will serve to accelerate the involvement of the entire business fabric with the 2030 Agenda. The main goal is to achieve a transforming movement of companies in the region, taking advantage of existing synergies and the current commitment to sustainability.

The inauguration of the day was in charge of the vice-president of Aragon Arturo Aliaga. In his presentation he highlighted the great commitment of the local companies to the 2030 Agenda and, in particular, their responsibility and capacity for dialogue with unions and universities in the community, essential travel companions to the compliance of the SDGs.

Representing the Global Compact Network Spain were its president, Ángel Pes, and its general manager, Cristina Sánchez. Both highlighted the role of alliances for the fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Objectives and, especially, those carried out at the local level. In the words of Cristina Sánchez, ‘It is an honour to reach the ‘Global Goals Local Business’ agreement for companies in Aragon and, especially, to do so in front of all the actors who have a fundamental role in this Agenda: governments, social agents, the private sector and universities’.

During the day, two discussion forums were held with the presence of business associations (CEOE and CEPYME), trade unions (CCOO and UGT), educational institutions (University of Zaragoza) and local companies (TAISI and Ecodes). These debated about the alignment of the RSA Plan with the SDGs and the importance of the 2030 Agenda within organizations.

Clara Arpa, CEO of ARPA Mobile Campaign Teams and member of the United Nations Global Compact board of directors, pointed Aragon out as the ideal scenario to promote change, encouraging companies to join the  2030 Agenda movement: ‘We can be the engine of change, this is about people, about individuals, we have a common future and it is time to act’.

The event ended with the signing of the Plan ‘ARAGÓN y los ODS: Global Goals, Local Business’ and the closing ceremony by the President of Aragon, Javier Lambán. In his speech, Lambán declared Aragón’s intention to be at the head of the European regions in order to achieve the SDGs. To this end, he explained that the 32 measures agreed by the quadripartite government revolve around the axes of sustainability in order to create a ‘social, green and digital Aragon, in the understanding that our objectives cannot be separated from the Objectives that the world sets out in the 2030 Agenda’.