Meeting shared concepts and practical examples of the application of agendas that converge towards sustainability
Discussing the agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals and how it integrates with the Global Compact and with the ESG agenda was the objective of the online event “Global Compact and ESG in Practice: the Pequeno Príncipe case”, promoted by the Pequeno Príncipe Hospital focused in its investors.
The event, mediated by Renata Faber, head of ESG at Exame magazine, counted on the participation of Rodrigo Pipponzi, founder of MOL Publishing House and vice-president of the GIFE Council (Group of Institutes, Foundations and Companies); of Rafaella Dortas, responsible for ESG at BTG Pactual; of José Álvaro da Silva Carneiro, corporate director of the Pequeno Príncipe Complex; of Thelma Alves Oliveira, advisor to the board of directors of the Pequeno Príncipe; and of Ety Cristina Forte Carneiro, executive director of the Hospital.
Ety opened the event highlighting the social role that the Pequeno Príncipe historically plays in society and the urgency brought around the issue by the coronavirus pandemic for actions which contribute towards sustainable development, generating prosperity for the companies, for the people and for the planet. “We, from Pequeno Príncipe, are aligned with this world movement of transformation and inclusion. In the early 2000’s, we adhered to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), adopted in 2015 the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and are also signatories of the Global Compact. The year 2020 showed the world the urgency of change, seeking governance in social and environmental focus,” she emphasized.
Rodrigo Pipponzi presented the concepts of SDGs, ESG, and the Global Compact, and highlighted the importance of these agendas for society to evolve in a sustainable way. “The Global Compact comes very much from that call, for all companies to align themselves with universal strategies and principles. How can we really look at a common agenda where we understand what society needs?,” provoked the founder of MOL Publishing House.
Next, Rafaella Dortas issued her view on how companies are increasingly integrating the ESG agenda into their strategies. “In the past, we saw many companies publishing policies and talking about their commitments. But today we see that companies are advancing and can already demonstrate their commitments aligned to this agenda. There are companies that are even more advanced and set goals for the coming years. I am very happy to see this agenda advancing in Brazil, especially in the last two years.”
SDGs, ESG and Global Compact at Pequeno Príncipe
The advisor to the board of directors of the Pequeno Príncipe, Thelma Alves de Oliveira, and the corporate director, José Álvaro da Silva Carneiro, spoke about how the institution is inserted in these agendas.
A century-old institution, the Pequeno Príncipe was born to offer health assistance to poor children, when there was no public system in this area. Its practices have always been socially oriented. It is a key of articulation networks for the promotion and defense of the rights of children and adolescents and of infant-youth health, among many other initiatives that it promotes to guarantee such rights at the institution. Among the programs it maintains that contribute to the SDGs are the Early Childhood, the Participant Family, the Education and Culture Sector, and several others.
Among the initiatives to guarantee transparency, the Pequeno Príncipe makes partnerships and promotes a series of actions to render accounts to its stakeholders, besides making available to the whole society the annual report and the audited balance sheet, both available at the institutional website.
As regards to the care taken with the environment, the Pequeno Príncipe Hospital has intensified its actions as from the 2000s. It was the first in the country to become zero-mercury, still in 2013. And it is the second hospital in Brazil to offset its carbon emissions. “We have a set of practices aimed at the conscious consumption of water, energy and waste disposal, minimizing environmental impact. We promote environmental education programs and preservation actions, besides the planting of native forest in the area where the new unit will be built: the Pequeno Príncipe North,” says José Álvaro.
To conclude, Ety made an invitation: “Life calls us to give an inclusive individual, collective, and corporate response. We cannot continue on this planet if we do not think of a new way to live, work, build, and understand the value of life”.
Did you know?
ESG stands for environmental, social, and governance practices. In recent times, the term ESG has gained a high profile thanks to a growing concern in the financial markets about sustainability. Environmental, social, and governance issues are now considered essential in risk analysis and investment decisions, putting strong pressure on the corporate sector.
SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) are a global agenda adopted by all United Nations (UN) member countries during the United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development in 2015. They encompass 17 goals and 169 targets to be achieved by 2030, which involve the world’s biggest challenges, such as eradicating poverty and hunger, fighting global warming, and reducing inequalities. Countries, companies, and civil society organizations are committed to achieving these goals.
The Global Compact is an initiative launched in 2000 by the then United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, which calls on companies to align their strategies and operations with ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption, and to develop actions that contribute to meeting society’s challenges. It is today the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world, with more than 16 thousand members, among companies and organizations, that are spread over 160 countries.
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Throughout one decade, the event has already raised more than US$ 4.4 million for the assistance and research activities of the institution