SHERPA Sustainability Institute tapped to produce 17 Corporate Guidebooks for the UN SDGs, featuring 100+ Case Studies from all industries.
As the one-decade runway approaches to fulfill the 2030 Agenda, the United Nations has been actively seeking avenues to engage the private sector in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In response to this need, global technical publisher CRC Press signed SHERPA Sustainability Institute Co-Founder Andrea Hoffmeier and Expert Coach Tina Agustiady as Co-Editors for the UN SDG Corporate Guidebook Series. The Institute has set the ambitious the Meta-Project goal to have all 17 volumes published by the end of 2020.
Info-Sessions about the Meta-Project will be held every Thursday in December.
Registration is free at https://sherpa-unsdg-meta-project-group1.eventbrite.com
The first Guidebook, SDG 17 is being written by the Co-Editors.
Agustiady, also Sustainability Agent at MetLife, explains, “We’ve taken the approach to ‘begin with the end in mind’, with SDG 17 – Partnerships for the Goals.” Hoffmeier describes this first Guidebook, to be released Q4 of 2019. “With 17 Goals and 169 Targets, the 2030 Agenda can be overwhelming. Starting with SDG 17, we provide a primer for the rest of the series, as well as guidance on how to prioritize the goals and integrate the SDGs into corporate strategy.”
The remaining 16 Guidebooks are being researched and written in 4 focused groups of four SDGs, to be released throughout 2020. SHERPA Sustainability Institute CEO, Rob Wilson explains, “Corporate executives need to understand what’s in it for their organizations. We’ll answer that question, then provide the roadmap to focus on specific SDGs.”
A variety of opportunities to contribute will be discussed during the December Info-Sessions:
Group One SDGs Info-Session Schedule:
12/6: SDG 12 Sustainable Consumption & Production
12/13: SDG 8 Employment & Economic Growth
12/20: SDG 4 Education
12/27: SDG 3 Well-Being
Co-Author Teams have begun forming for the first group of SDGs, and will be announced as teams are finalized. Research is divided between a Meta-Research Team, followed by SDG-Specific Researchers and Subject Matter Experts.
Led by Rich Henrick, Quality Assurance/Regulatory Compliance Manager at Sanmina Corporation in Huntsville, Alabama, the Meta-Research Team will be comprised of expert volunteers across the globe. Henrick explains, “We’ll need a strong global team. Dividing and conquering the research of over three thousand companies worldwide is no small undertaking.”
Henrick shares why subject matter experts (SMEs) around the globe are volunteering to join the effort, “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to contribute to a project with fellow SMEs and thought-leaders around the world! The Meta-Research Team is also unique in that its members will be acknowledged in all 17 Guidebooks.” This team will be especially active through the middle of 2019. Henrick encourages those interested to join any of the December Info-Sessions, since the Meta-Research efforts will be discussed in all four events.
Barb Hughson, Ed.D. will be leading the SDG-Specific Research Team, comprised of SMEs from both industry and academia. SDG-Specific activity is ongoing through mid-2020. Dr. Hughson describes one of the team’s challenges. “Some Goals can be much more complex than they appear on the surface, with unexpected Targets, such as Sustainable Tourism in SDG 8.” She suggests those interested in a specific Group One SDG join that Info-Session live or view the recording, which will be available to all registrants.
Prospective contributors are invited to attend the Group One Focused Info-Sessions, to learn about other opportunities, from Co-Author Teams, to Manuscript Reviewers, Case Studies, and more. Participants can attend all Info-Sessions or just one; recordings will be provided afterward.
A Statement of Interest Survey will also be provided to all Info-Session registrants.
Questions? Email: [email protected]
About the United Nations 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals
Endorsed in 2015 by all 193 United Nations Member States, the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs focus global efforts and attention on 17 pressing issues. The 17 UN SDGs have been lauded as a galvanizing force for a more socially responsible global community.
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About SHERPA Sustainability Institute
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