SDG Dialogue: Global Companies & the 2030 Agenda

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2017•04•20    13:00 - 17:00

    Given the recent drastic social and political change in the international community, including the US and Europe, conventional capitalism is being challenged, and the roles played by global companies in society are rapidly evolving and expanding. This SDG Dialogue event will explore how global companies can contribute to mainstreaming the SDGs. Speakers and participants will exchange views and experiences, considering new modes of corporate management in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The event will discuss key questions such as:

    • How can global companies integrate social and environmental agendas into corporate management — not only from a corporate social responsibility perspective, but in order to maintain competitiveness in the face of a global paradigm shift?
    • How can environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investment criteria be linked to the 2030 Agenda?

    The event will be co-organized by UNU-IAS and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network Japan (SDSN Japan), with the support of the Global Environmental Outreach Centre (GEOC), Nikkei Inc., the Global Compact Network Japan, and CDP.


    The event will be held in English and Japanese, with simultaneous translation provided. To register, please click on the REGISTER button above (by 17:00 on 14 April 2017).


    The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the core element of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that was adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015. The 2030 Agenda is inclusive and universal, emphasizing that “no one will be left behind”, with multi-stakeholder partnerships needed at all levels of society to achieve the global goals. The Government of Japan established its SDGs Promotion Headquarters in May 2015, which produced the SDGs Implementation Guiding Principles last December. The need to enhance private-sector cooperation in addressing the 2030 Agenda is an integral element of these principles.

    The SDG Dialogue Series

    This UNU-IAS event series brings experts together to share ideas and insights for achieving the SDGs. Each event promotes dialogue and networking between panellists and participants through interactive discussion. A list of previous events is available.


    13:00–13:05 Opening Remarks

    • Hironori Hamanaka (Chair, SDSN Japan Council; Chair of the Board of Directors, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES))

    13:05–15:00 Keynote Speeches

    • Taikan Oki (Senior Vice-Rector, UNU; Professor, University of Tokyo)
    • Toshio Arima (Chairman of the Board, Global Compact Network Japan; Executive Advisor, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd)
    • Fulvio Guarneri (President & CEO, Unilever Japan Customer Marketing K.K.) 

    15:00–15:20 Break

    15:20–16:50 Panel Discussion
    Moderator: Junichi Taki (Senior Writer, Nikkei Inc.)

    • Takao Aiba (Project General Manager, Environmental Affairs Division, Toyota Motor Corporation)
    • Yuriko Yamamoto (Senior Manager, Secretary Department, AEON Co., Ltd.)
    • Norihiro Takahashi (President, Government Pension Investment Fund, Japan)
    • Michiyo Morisawa (Japan Director, CDP)
    • Norichika Kanie (Senior Research Fellow, UNU-IAS; Professor, Keio University)

    16:50–17:00 Closing Remarks

    • Kazuhiko Takemoto (Director, Secretariat of SDSN Japan; Director, UNU-IAS)



    United Nations University
    U Thant International Conference Hall (3F)
    5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo