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CSCP Appointed to the Board of the Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI)

Delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda requires immediate change of course and joined forces of multiple actors. The CSCP has recently joined the board of the Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), an important platform for multi-stakeholder engagement towards more sustainability through digital technologies.

In close collaboration with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies and other organisations around the world, the Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) is a hub for information, resources and best practices for achieving social and environmental sustainability through technology. CSCP’s Executive Director, Michael Kuhndt, has been named to the board of GeSI to help strengthen collaboration across organisations and industries towards a sustainable, fair and inclusive future.

A hallmark of CSCP’s engagement at GeSI will be the “Digital with a Purpose: Delivering a SMARTer2030” movement, which is oriented towards more informed and purposeful development and deployment of digital technologies. In a “race to the top”, digital companies are not only seeking to improve their own operations and reduce negative social and environmental impacts, but also utilise their digital technologies to enable others to achieve the SDGs and increase their positive social and environmental handprints.

A recent report published as part of the “Digital with a Purpose” movement highlights that “of the 169 SDG targets, 103 are directly influenced by digital technologies, with established examples of deployment that provide insight into their potential to make an impact. Analysis of 20 targets and their indicators across the SDGs shows that the expected deployment of existing digital technologies will on average, help accelerate progress by 22 percent and mitigate downward trends by 23 percent”

The “Digital with a Purpose” movement foresees a performance framework to ensure not only commitment but also action and progress towards achieving the SDGs. In support of this, CSCP’s Senior Advisor, Raymond Slaughter, is leading a workstream on circular economy. The focus of the work stream will be to support companies in achieving more sustainability through the implementation of circular economy principles.

The CSCP as well as the other GeSI partners call on organisations around the globe to make four ‘universal commitments‘:

  • Re-commit to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and become a purpose-led business
  • Take action on climate change, including a specific commitment to reduce greenhouse gases by at least 50% by 2030
  • Embrace the principles of impact transparency and collaboration
  • Harness the power of digital technologies to support these commitments

The CSCP will work closely with the other GeSI board members to strategically lead the „Digital with a Purpose: Delivering a SMARTer2030” movement.

For further information, please contact Raymond Slaughter.