Responsible business and sustainable development goals – 9 July @ 07:30am at Minstead Lodge

Many businesses already undertake a range of activities to reduce their environmental impact, promote equality and engage with the wider community. At this event, Mark Smith, Chief Executive of Southern Co-op, will demonstrated how these activities could align with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The SDGs are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.

Mark Smith, says, “Responsible business is how a business makes money, not just how it spends its profits. Our premise is that business cannot operate in a vacuum – if society is not flourishing, business cannot flourish in the long term.”

Mark will make the business case for tackling the SDGs both in terms of sales success and recruiting and retaining talent. Research quoted by the UN shows that 78% of consumers are more likely to buy from companies that support the goals and 76% of millennials consider a company’s sustainability commitments when deciding where to work. This is a particularly strong driver of change in the New Forest, with low unemployment and where competition for the best talent is intense.

Join the discussion about what actions you are already taking which contribute to meeting the SDGs and what barriers you face to progress.
For more information on the SDGs, visit


Members £17

Non Members £27

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