Seizing opportunities Event host Christian Friesl (IV) sees great potential in the SDG for Austrian companies
Seizing opportunities Event host Christian Friesl (IV) sees great potential in the SDG for Austrian companies

How the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) can create new growth markets for Austrian companies and what framework conditions are needed was the focus of an event organized by the Federation of Austrian Industries, held on 24. January in cooperation with corporAID in Vienna. In his keynote address, Toby Bateman of the OECD's Advisory Committee on Business and Industry highlighted the key role of the private sector in implementing the SDG and the enormous growth potential it brings to businesses. Harry Gatterer, Managing Director of Zukunftsinstitut, emphasized in his presentation the important role of sustainability goals in the necessary globalization of thinking. Finally, the SDGs would make it possible to see the world more in context and problem-oriented.

The economy is moving forward

Representatives of companies, associations and funding agencies spoke in two round tables - Julia Callies (BDI), Peter Giffinger (Saint-Gobain Rigips Austria), Christoph Scharff (Altstoff Recycling Austria), Irene Schulte (IV), Marlis Building Law (AWS), Werner H Bittner (Doka Ventures), Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento (UNIDO) - on market opportunities and practical challenges in the context of the SDG. It emphasized their importance as a global framework and identified that each company must individually define its access and role. From the point of view of the podium, it would be important to have suitable incentives and support services as well as appropriate strategies from politicians. Although the establishment of a sustainability ministry by the new federal government would be welcome, in the current government program the SDG would still be largely excluded. In order to jointly develop innovative solutions to the challenges of our time, everyone was in agreement, so you should not necessarily wait for the policy.

Impressions

Photos: corporAID