A Nordic Perspective on Sustainability in Business

The path towards 2030: Nordic corporate sustainability stocktake

We have reached the midpoint of our journey towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Governments, civil society, and businesses are convening in New York during the high-level week of the UN General Assembly for various notable events, such as the Secretary-Generals SDG Summit. For this occasion, the Nordic UN Global Compact Networks of Denmark, Finland, Norway Sweden have worked with Accenture to produce the report «The path towards 2030: where are the Nordics» to take stock of the Nordic sustainability and business progress and compare it to the rest of Europe and the world.

The report identifies and examines the status, challenges, needs, and opportunities for Nordic companies as we move toward 2030, with a special focus on Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The report incorporates a combination of existing and new data sources that have not previously been aggregated, providing new and actionable insights for both the private and public sectors in the Nordic region. It highlights Nordic business practices that foster sustainability and identifies areas that require improvement and areas where government action is desired and necessary. Importantly, the report shows where the Nordic lead the way for the rest of Europe and the world, and where we are lagging.

Join the official report launch on the 18th of September in New York or through our livestream, to find out where the Nordic businesses are on the path towards 2030, and what guidance they are requesting from the policymakers to climb the last leg.


Panel 1: Innovation and transition as sustainable business opportunities 

Accenture, Microsoft, Innovation Norway, Volvo Group, A.P. Moller - Maersk

“How do we facilitate and increase the pace of the transition”, “what is needed to enable long term business investments”, “how do we ensure we acquire the right competence”, “what role does technology providers play in accelerating the transition”

Panel 2: Value chain engagements, legislation and reporting, and public-private collaboration – expert level/CSO

Fortum, Velux, Finnish national committee on sustainable development ,Essity, Aker

“How to effectively engage and drive change in the value chains?”, “European legislation, national legislation, and voluntary initiatives how are they improving or influencing the progression and the sustainability work?”, “eco-systems and public-private partnerships to foster action – what does that look like to you?” 

Summary and recommendations going forward