The Nordic CEOs for a Sustainable Future, an alliance of the leaders of the Nordic region’s leading businesses, met today with the Prime Ministers of the five Nordic countries to discuss a collaborative approach to addressing sustainability challenges.
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(L to R) Kim Kielsen (Premier of Greenland), Katrin Sjögren (Premier of Åland), Stefan Löfven (Prime Minister of Sweden), Erna Solberg (Prime Minister of Norway), Antti Rinne (Prime Minister of Finland), Mette Frederiksen (Prime Minister of Denmark) , Katrín Jakobsdóttir (Prime Minister of Iceland), Birna Einarsdóttir (CEO of Íslandsbanki), Johan Dennelind (CEO of Telia Company), Sigve Brekke (CEO of Telenor Group), Tone Wille (CEO of Posten Norge), Árni Oddur Þórðarson (CEO of Marel), Odd Arild Grefstad (CEO of Storebrand), Mats Granryd (Director General of GSMA), Svein Tore Holsether (CEO of Yara International). (Photo: Business Wire)
The CEOs presented their vision for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through greater public-private sector collaboration and the transition to purpose-driven business practices. The alliance will initially focus on climate action, and diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
The meetings formed part of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ session held in Reykjavik, Iceland, this week.
Integrating the SDGs into business strategies
The CEOs are committed to integrating the SDGs into their business activities and decision-making, incorporating sustainability into their own policies and across their value chains.
Recognising that the 2030 deadline for achieving the SDGs is fast approaching, the companies are in particular looking at strengthening their efforts within the areas of climate change and diversity and inclusion. This will include:
- Identifying scalable solutions across their value chains to accelerate reduction of emissions and collaborating on joint emission reduction efforts with other companies in the alliance.
- Strengthening common reporting on diversity and inclusion, using the insights gained to share best practices across the region, and joining forces on actions to improve.
Nordic CEOs for a Sustainable Future was created in 2018 to inspire joint leadership and action towards delivery of the SDGs in the Nordic region. The industry leaders in the group represent companies that have collective annual revenues of more than EUR110 billion, directly employing more than 290,000 people around the world, with operations in 119 countries, serving hundreds of millions of citizens every day.
Companies represented in the group include Equinor, GSMA, Hydro, Íslandsbanki, Marel, Nokia, Posten Norge, SAS, Storebrand Group, Swedbank, Telenor Group, Telia Company, Vestas and Yara International.
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Mats Granryd, Director General, GSMA:
“Delivering on the ambitions of the Sustainable Development Goals requires collaborative action across different industries and between the private and public sectors – and the Nordic CEOs are demonstrating leadership and taking personal responsibility in bringing key stakeholders together to tackle the challenges facing our people and our planet. The Nordic region is playing a pioneering role in implementing sustainability into the heart of our business and political agendas, allowing us to focus in on areas where we can deliver positive and impactful change.”
For further supporting remarks from the Nordic CEOs please visit: https://www.nordic-ceos.com/news
About the GSMA
The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators and nearly 400 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces the industry-leading MWC events held annually in Barcelona, Los Angeles and Shanghai, as well as the Mobile 360 Series of regional conferences.
For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at www.gsma.com. Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.