Greenstone’s David Wynn (Head of Client Services) and Rowan Woods (Sustainability Consultant) have been selected to take part in the United Nations Young SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) Innovators Program (YSIP) for 2019 -2020.
The ten-month accelerator programme is aimed at companies participating in the UN Global Compact where Young SDG Innovators and their SDG Champions will:
- Connect to entrepreneurial young professionals from around the world to leverage the Sustainable Development Goals as a catalyst for the development of new products and services relevant to their business.
- Collaborate with thought leaders in a series of team exercises and interactive learning opportunities involving real-world challenges, peer feedback and sparring, and mentoring and coaching.
- Build organisational learning skills that will enable employees across different functions to develop innovative solutions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals through new technologies, initiatives and business models.
The programme was launched on 17 September with participants from companies including GSK, ERM and the National Grid. Participants were welcomed to the programme by UN Global Compact Executive Director and CEO, Lise Kingo as well as Steve Kenzie, Executive Director of the Global Compact Network in the UK.
Other countries participating in the programme include Bangladesh, Brazil, Denmark, South Africa, Turkey and the United States. YSIP participants from around the world will travel to the UN Headquarters in New York in June 2020 to complete the programme.
“I am very honoured to have been selected to join the Young SDG Innovators Program, and am really looking forward to collaborating with SDG Mentors, Pioneers, Experts and other Young Innovators to help advance the Sustainable Development Goals.” Rowan Woods, Sustainability Consultant at Greenstone.
For more information on the YSIP Porgramme, visit the dedicated UNGC website.
Greenstone and SDG mapping
Greenstone has been a participant of the UN Global Compact since 2013 and welcomes the opportunity to be working more closely with the UN to support the SDGs.
Earlier this year, Greenstone’s software solution was named ‘Sustainability Product of the Year’ in the 2019 Sustainability Awards program. This award specifically recognises Greenstone’s sustainability framework mapping functionality enabling organisations to consolidate reporting, minimise risk and increase efficiency when reporting against multiple frameworks. This functionality, added to Greenstone’s Frameworks module, enables organisations to report environmental and sustainability information using a variety of international and national frameworks, including GRI, TCFD, ISO, SDGs, CDP, SASB and DJSI.
As an active supporter of the UN Global Compact, Greenstone promotes engagement with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through Greenstone’s sustainability software solution, users can streamline data collection and gather, manage and report data to help them understand their contributions to all 17 of the UNSDGs