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Businesses Of All Sizes Needed To Achieve SDGs

Huffington Post: Our Global Goals need all businesses
Marga Hoek, board member and founder of Business for Good

“The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), often referred to as Global Goals, need business as much as business needs them. … The key to businesses successfully accelerating towards these goals is positive synergy between all kinds and all sizes of business. … The 50 largest economies around the world are, in fact, companies. So imagine, if one of those companies reduces their waste, or creates a positive footprint, it has huge impact. … There are many examples of innovative start-ups that have the potential to make a real difference. For instance, in Uganda, pneumonia kills 27,000 children under the age of five every year. Most of these cases are due to pneumonia being misdiagnosed as malaria. Therefore, Ugandan engineer Brian Turyabagye designed a biomedical ‘smart jacket’ to quickly and accurately diagnose pneumonia. … There are currently 385 million children living in poverty and in developing countries, 20 percent of the children live in poverty stricken conditions. Solutions are being found by midsized companies such as Toilets for People (TfP) who design and manufacture waterless composting toilets and train NGO partners in developing countries how to build, install, and maintain them. … Being large, midsized, or small, [all businesses] bring unique assets to the table and create the necessary scale together. We should realize this in the debate about reaching our goals…” (2/17).

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