The Decade of Action is NOW

17 Global Goals / 1 Yearbook


Sustainable Impact Matters

The importance of impact is not only growing on the financial markets, but also in many practical projects with NGOs, politics and companies involved. What is missing, however, are binding indicators that ensure a holistic assessment of corporate performance. As long as these indicators are lacking, comparability becomes difficult.

The new Global Goals Yearbook 2023 closes this gap: Sustainability projects are linked to the specific SDG sub-goals and concrete indicators are used to measure success. The Global Goals become performant and the answer to one of the most important practical questions comes closer: How much perfection is needed and when is ‘good’ good enough?”

Global Goals Yearbook 2023


The VUCA world

and the future

of globalization

The 2020s were meant to be a decade of change. It was supposed to be the great social upheaval toward sustainability and climate protection. We are now actually experiencing an upheaval, but not as planned. Wars and crises have consumed the global sense of unity.

Climate change, Covid-19, wars, supply chain problems, hunger, mass migration from the east and south – the world as we know it is changing rapidly. Much optimism has been burnt in the process in recent weeks and months. The idea of shaping the future as a continuation of the present has faltered, and with it, the political and economic architecture of an era that began with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

“We are experiencing a decade of crises and setbacks. The future is ‘VUCA’ – volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous. And so is globalization,” says the publisher of the Global Goals Yearbook, Dr. Elmer Lenzen

Global Goals Yearbook 2022


ESG is a trend

that is here to stay

According to a survey, almost two-thirds of large companies in the G20 countries say that dealing with the climate crisis and the resulting sustainability initiatives poses a major challenge for them. Forty-five percent lament the search for qualified staff as being a major problem. More than a quarter consider a sustainable supply chain to be a particularly difficult challenge. The war in Ukraine also shows that ESG is not a “nice to have,” but a fundamental part of management decisions.

In the professional world, the term ESG (environment, social, and governance criteria) is increasingly gaining acceptance. The term comes from the world of finance and is still very closely linked to it today, for example in the context of the EU financial taxonomy. In this chapter, the Global Goals Yearbook highlights the most important factors to keep in mind.

Global Goals Yearbook 2022

Redefining Multilateralism


in a Multipolar


– Redefining Multilateralism: Multilateralism needs to be redefined to give voice to, engage, and harness the capabilities of a much broader range of stakeholders.

– How to Revive Multilateralism in a Multipolar World? The world today is becoming more multipolar and less multilateral.

– Open Societies versus Digital Autocratic Experiments: The illusion of control: Autocratic regimes are convinced that they can control not only human behavior on a large scale, but also the course of a society as a whole.

Global Goals Yearbook 2021



in the Time

of Pandemic

How can we handle increasingly frequent shocks? What can a resilient society and economy that is

in line with planetary boundaries look like? What options do we have, and which ones are already

being implemented in practice? Can this work without risking our prosperity?

– Resilience in the Time of Pandemic, Dr. Elmer Lenzen

– The Planetary Momentum, Prof. Dr. Dr. Stefan Brunnhuber

– „The most radical decelerator of our time„, Prof. Dr. Hartmut Rosa

Best Practices
– AAIB’S Covid-19 integrated response

– Green Delta Insurance: The SDGs as a way to build resilience

– macondo foundation: How resilient are your supply chains?

Global Goals Yearbook 2020


The Role of

the State

and Communities

The coronavirus pandemic has plunged the whole world into a state of health-related, economic, and social stress. This stress has made it clear what is working – and what is not.

– The EU Recovery and Resilience Plan, Interview with EU Commissioner Paulo Gentiloni

– 10 Theses on the Coronavirus for the State and Society, Dr. Markus Engels

– Global Governance vs. National Sovereignty: To Whom Does the Amazon Belong?, Dr. Dominic Lenzi

Best Practices
– Bayer: Prosperity and progress in harmony with the earth’s limits

– Business Keeper: From whistleblowing to compliance solutions

– Merck: Eliminating schistosomiasis by 2030: leaving no one behind

– Netafim’s community irrigation projects

Global Goals Yearbook 2020


What is your

Post Covid-19

Business Plan?

What will be the new normal? What will happen after corona? These are frequently asked questions, but they do not go far enough. We had better ask ourselves: What are the principles that will organize the future? In this section we examine transformation processes, social scenarios for the post-corona world and the role of capital markets.

– Guidance and Arguments for a More Sustainable World During Covid-19 Recovery, Interview with Emily Auckland, Pietro Bertazzi, Prof. Dr. Maja Göpel, and Julian Hill-Landolt

– Covid-19 Makes ESG Factors More Financially Relevant, Meaghan Muldoon

– The Corona Effect: Four Future Scenarios

Best Practices
– ipoint: Dibichain – transparent material cycles with blockchain

– The new MAN truck generation: when good becomes great

– Nomura: A better future – ESG-related issues through our core business

– PMI: Every company needs a `{`statement of`}` purpose

– SAP: Digital solutions for a better tomorrow

– Symrise: Into the future with sustainable success

– VONOVIA invests in innovative energy systems

Global Goals Yearbook 2020


Private Sector’s

Role in Eco-

logical Issues

As habitat and biodiversity loss increase globally, the novel coronavirus outbreak may be just the beginning of mass pandemics. In this section we will be looking at environmental issues. These include in particular climate change, green innovations and smart solutions for circular economy.

– We Are Creating Conditions for Diseases such as Covid-19 to Emerge, John Vidal

– Caught on Film, Actor & Activist Edward Norton

– Paradigm Shifts, Reactance, and Fighting Our Demons, Prof. Dr. Harald Welzer

Best Practices
– AUDI: Development of a quality seal for sustainable batteries

– BASF: Shaping the circular future of e-mobility

– Beaulieu: Next-generation nonwovens go sustainable

– Bosch: Advancing with foresight: climate action beyond company boundaries

– Cemex: We continue to go further and contribute to our 5 priority SDGs

– Clariant: Enabling a Circular Plastics Economy

– EDF: Carbon neutrality, natural resource protection, well-being, and economic development

– Elomatic: The Nyk Super Eco ship 2050 is the vision of an emissions-free ship

– E.ON is making the internet more sustainable

– Inditex: Our partnership with the organic cotton accelerator

– Knorr Bremse: Driving responsibility and shaping tomorrow’s transportation

– The K+S brine challenge: approach to create sustainable solutions

– KYOCERA’s approach to sustainability and climate protection

– MTU: Paving the way for emissions-free flight

– Pervormance Intl.: The world’s first climate-neutral air conditioning system

– SAKHALIN-2 project: conservation of terrestrial ecosystems

– WILO: Climate protection is in our DNA

Global Goals Yearbook 2020