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HOW IT ALL CAME TO BE…

The „Global Goals Yearbook“ is published under the patronage of the macondo foundation. It is a non-commercial publication and emerges from the renown „Global Compact International Yearbook“ (2009-2017). The „Global Goals Yearbook“ helps to advance corporate transparency, promotes the sharing of good business practices, and, perhaps most significantly, gives a strong voice to the regional and global stakeholders that are at the heart of the sustainability agenda.

It all started on the edge of the Johannesburg Earth Summit in 2002. Then Secretary General Kofi Annnan made use of the summit to promote its vision of collective leadership for sustainable development. It was the dawn and start time of what then became the broad global management trend towards Corporate Social Responsibility. We here at macondo joined the UNGC in 2002 and started a German publication about the 10 principles in 2004. It was the first ever periodic on CSR within the UN. And we have been among the very first publishers worldwide to join the UN Global Compact and the Global Reporting Initiative.

Five years later the UN Global Compact was preparing its 10th anniversary. macondo again was at the top of the preparations and we contributed pro bono a huge exposition reviewing work and milestones of the UNGC. The exhibition walls were displays in the venerable entrance of the UN Assembly Hall. At the same time the Global Compact International Yearbook started and was rebranded in 2018 as Global Goals Yearbook to meet the new needs of the sustainable development debate. Over the years the yearbooks became a world leading publication on corporate sustainability.

The macondo foundation support the following charitable purposes: the promotion of science and research; the promotion of art and culture; the promotion of nature conservation, environmental protection and coastal protection; the promotion of tolerance in all areas of society and international exchange; the promotion of animal welfare; the promotion of development cooperation; the promotion of civic engagement. Why we do this? We understand it is not enough to show that sustainability works. You must help and build capacities to make it work.

EDITORIAL BOARD

The task of the “Global Goals Editorial Board” (EB) is to support and advise macondo foundation to identify and locate core corporate sustainability issues. These issues should find entrance in the editorial content of the „Global Goals Yearbook“ and dialogue panels perform under the title “Global Goals Forum”. The support does not involve any responsibility for the contents of the yearbooks in terms of liability or (inter)national press law.

OUR METHODOLOGY AND APPROACH

The 2030 Agenda counts in all countries in the world. Developing countries, emerging economies, and developed countries: Everyone must make a contribution. Our methodology takes this into account. At the heart of the agenda is an ambitious catalog of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 SDGs take into account for the first time all three dimensions of sustainability – social, environmental, economic – equally. The UN speaks of the „5 Ps“: People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, Partnership. (see UN Document “A/RES/70/1 – Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”).

Looking at sustainability topics through the lense of the 5Ps describes a possible – and desirable – future: a sustainable change in the underlying conditions, a new understanding of economy, and value creation. It also represents a new understanding of social responsibility and participation. A 5Ps business approach requires a redefinition and rethinking of the relationship of the state, the economic system, and civil society. For more details on this see also the IIRC initiative with its groundbeaking work in the field of sustainable value definition.

And the 5 Ps may also help up to close another gap: Participation, transparency and inclusiveness are fundamental for sustainable development, if taken seriously these principles contradict an expert driven and top-down approach to evaluation and review. It is requiring horizontal & vertical integration of management models and competence in managing multistakeholder dialogues.

ANNUAL KEY TOPICS