On November 25 the Volvo Group gathers leaders and stakeholders from government, the private sector and civil society in Stockholm to discuss how business can contribute to sustainable development.
2015 is often referred to as the year of sustainability. In September world leaders will gather at the United Nations headquarter in New York to adapt a new set of sustainable development goals for the world. Then, in December, the UN climate conference in Paris, COP21, is to adopt a global climate agreement.
– Given the challenges the world is facing today, the private sector needs to take a more active role in fighting poverty and climate change. This is becoming increasingly intertwined with our core business. Business has a major role, from embracing corporate social and environmental responsibility to developing the solutions of the future, says Volvo Group Chief Sustainability Officer Niklas Gustafsson.
“Next stop Paris” is the theme for this year’s Volvo Group Sustainability Forum, which takes place just days before the COP21. The forum will be led by Professor Johan Rockström, Executive Director of Stockholm Resilience Centre, and the aim is to stimulate broader collaboration between business and society to accelerate actions.
– As one of the world’s leading manufacturers of commercial vehicles and a member of the United Nations High Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport, the Volvo Group is in a unique position. We hope that the Forum will contribute insights on actionable policymaking, which we can submit to the UN Secretary General, says Niklas Gustafsson.