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PwC and CSR Europe explore SDG maturity in sector associations

Friday, April 6, 2018

Sector and multi-stakeholder partnerships can multiply positive impact while sharing the costs. CSR Europe and PwC collaborate to find out more about the level of maturity and integration of sustainability within sector associations.

Are industry sectors working with their members to raise their level of impact? Do they engage in collaborative projects with other sectors to achieve the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)? To better understand how sustainability and the SDGs are embedded in sectors’ activities, PwC’s Sustainability and Climate Change SDG specialists and CSR Europe are surveying and interviewing a wide range of European Associations.

“Over the next 15 years, driving system change with sector peers in line with the SDGs, will be an essential differentiating skill for a world-class business leader,” says Stefan Crets, Executive Director, CSR Europe. "Forward-looking CEOs are working with sector peers and stakeholders to map their collective route to sustainable competitive markets.”

Marc Daelman, Sustainability leader, PwC Belgium, said: “The SDGs provide a consistent language for businesses to communicate their impact on society, the economy and the environment. Engagement and progress differ across sectors and there’s a need for systematic change to overcome the sustainability challenges that business face.”

The results of this research - to be published in a White Paper “Maturity of sustainability in industry sectors through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals” - will be launched at the Brussels SDG Summit to take place on 23 May, in partnership with the European Business Summit.

For more information please contact Colin Metzler, PwC at colin.metzler@pwc.com and Beatriz Alonso, Services Team Manager at CSR Europe at ba@csreurope.org