Last week two Argentinian members of the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF) attended the two-day Making Global Goals Local Business – Argentina event (25-26 April) in Buenos Aires which was organised by the United Nations Global Compact and Global Compact Network Argentina. The ICMIF members attending the event were Sancor Seguros and Rio Uruguay Seguros.
Nearly 600 local and global leaders from business, finance, civil society, government, Global Compact Local Networks and the United Nations (UN) attended the event, which was organised to highlight the impact of multi-stakeholder partnerships and responsible business action in support of the UN Global Goals.
Attending the event for Sancor Seguros were Regional Director, Carlos Ingaramo; General Director, Néstor Abatidaga and CSR Manager, Betina Azugna, other representatives from Sancor Seguros Argentina, Sancor Seguros Uruguay, Prevención Salud, CITES, Punto Sur and other Sancor Seguros CSR professionals from other areas of Argentina.
Néstor Abatidaga was a participant in a CEO roundtable session moderated by Lise Kingo, CEO and Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, on Integrating Human Rights into Sustainable Business Strategy. This session marked the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Principles 1 and 2 of the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact are derived directly from the UDHR, and the 2030 Agenda itself is grounded in the Declaration.
Rio Uruguay Seguros is another signatory of the United Nations Global Compact and Silvina Vazón, CSR Manager and Board Member attended the Global Compact event in Buenos Aires accompanied by Belén Gómez, General Coordinator of the Board of Directors (both pictured above).
A key focus of the event was how business can take a principles-based approach to the 17 Global Goals, and indeed sustainable development more broadly. This approach — rooted in the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact — is a central reference point for all companies looking to contribute to the Global Goals. The event drew attention to how implementation of the Ten Principles into business strategies and operations is itself a key contribution to the realization of the Global Goals, and a vehicle for achieving the vision of the 2030 Agenda to foster peaceful and inclusive societies.
To ensure substantive outputs from the event, the UN Global Compact aims to take these conversations on local implementation forward during the High-Level Political Forum this July — an intergovernmental forum where select countries will submit voluntary progress reports on the Global Goals. Then, the UN Global Compact will bring the voice of business to the global stage during the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly in September at the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2018, featuring the CEO Roundtable and the UN Private Sector Forum.