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How I’m working with the UN to create a sustainable future

By Jessica Long, Managing Director, Accenture Strategy, and Lisa Neuberger, Associate Director, Corporate Citizenship, Washington, DC

Lisa and I had the amazing opportunity to join a series of events surrounding the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) held in New York City. We were invited to share our knowledge and expertise on how to permanently address poverty, injustice, climate change and other global issues.

2015 was a milestone year for the global sustainability movement: The UNGA established 17 sustainability goals to be achieved by 2030, including input from 193 countries.

Lisa and I are now working with our colleagues at Accenture to see what role businesses will play in helping to reach the UN’s ambitious goals. We started by looking at our own company. From powering offices with renewable energy, to promoting equality in many forms, we feel that Accenture is very well positioned to play a key role.

Accenture integrates sustainability into its own business practices and works with clients to help them to do the same—and it’s clear we’re gaining momentum. We’re moving the conversation around sustainability to focus on value creation and enhancing brand perception.

We believe that sustainability has evolved to be much more than just a “nice” thing for businesses to engage in. It’s now become critical to driving business growth. And it goes to show that when businesses and governments work together, we can make a difference in very real ways.

VIEW JESSICA´S POST ON My generation: Focusing on climate change, poverty, inequalities.

Jessica Long, Managing Director, Accenture Strategy

Lisa Neuberger, Strategic Program & Operations, Associate Director, Corporate Citizenship​