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Business and the Sustainable Development Goals: Why It Matters

by Robert de Jongh, specialist leader, social finance, Deloitte Consulting and Sahba Sobhani, programme advisor for private sector, UNDP

In an increasingly interconnected, complex and turbulent world, business is navigating uncharted waters. Amidst this uncertainty, the global community came together in a global call to action to guide all stakeholders– including business– in building a more sustainable, equitable and inclusive society. While the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were designed for and approved by governments, they also constitute a global framework for measuring business contributions to society – how companies can ‘win with purpose’.

Pulp Nonfiction: How a Small Plant Makes Sustainability Profitable

Columbia Pulp LLC is commercializing an innovative way to turn waste plant material into high-quality pulp and combatting air pollution in the process

When you can turn a problem into a product, you have the seeds of a profitable venture.

Columbia Pulp LLC, headquartered in Dayton, Washington, is commercializing an innovative but proven way to turn waste plant material into high-quality pulp that can be used to make consumer paper and packaging products – combatting air pollution in the process.

The Business of Food Security

Leveraging commercial sustainability to help bolster health; nutrition; and water, sanitation, and hygiene interventions

Patrick Norrell, director of agriculture and economic growth for Tetra Tech International Development Services, discusses the importance of incorporating commercial sustainability into food security programs, which in turn will help make economic growth more inclusive and resilient. All opinions expressed in this post are the author’s own.

Young Jewellery Designers Reach De Beers Group Shining Light Awards Final

Nine young designers have been named as finalists in the latest De Beers Group Shining Light Awards, a prestigious diamond jewellery design competition that showcases budding southern African talent.

The finalists, three from each of the company’s southern Africa producer countries of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, were selected from more than 130 entries.

Their task was to create a jewellery collection reflecting this year’s design brief theme of ‘protecting nature’s beauty’, inspired by Forevermark’s brand values, and recognising the commitment of De Beers Group and Forevermark to conservation and sustainability.

11 GM Sites Achieve Conservation Certification

GM promotes sustainable development through biodiversity goal
Press Release

DETROIT, November 11, 2017 /3BL Media/ - As General Motors continues scaling its efforts to restore, protect and promote biodiversity, 11 more sites have earned Conservation Certification from the Wildlife Habitat Council. The company is using its land, resources and partnerships to help address pressing global biodiversity issues.

Creating Opportunity for All

by Dan Tarman, Chief Communications Officer, eBay

“If you give people the benefit of the doubt, you will rarely be disappointed.”

These words from eBay founder Pierre Omidyar led to a vision of harnessing technology to enable trade between people. Twenty-two years later, eBay remains true to this founding premise and is now one of the world’s largest commerce platforms.

Embracing the Diversity of People in Society and Within Our Organization


The LIXIL Group is committed to enhancing quality of life and wellbeing for everyone in society, including the elderly and the physically disabled, through LIXIL products and services. In addition, we are harnessing the intelligence and perspectives of LIXIL’s diverse workforce as an engine for growth and innovation.

Developing Products and Services Incorporating Various Perspectives

De Beers Management Accountant, Chrishilde Metcalfe, Explains How She Makes a Difference.

Management accountant Chrishilde Metcalfe says women should aim high – but it can be lonely at the top.

Why did you choose to work for Namdeb?

Actually, I was chosen by Namdeb. I was one of 10 bursary recipients and the only woman to get selected out of over 1,000 applications. I have been there 24 years in various Finance departments, starting off as a graduate trainee, and I have had the privilege of working with some really amazing people.

What is your educational background?

De Beers Draughtswoman Ruusa Emvula Urges Women To 'Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone'.

Draughtswoman Ruusa Emvula has drawn up some clear plans for her role as a woman in the mining industry.

I have been working in the mining industry for about a year. I was pleased to work for Namdeb because I believe it’s a company that provides a strong core competency and a value system. I always wanted to work for a company where I continue to learn, grow and contribute as much value as I possibly can.

I congratulate Namdeb on being one of the mining companies giving equal employment opportunities to women, and I firmly encourage other mining companies to do the same.


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