Sustainable Development Goals
Renata Lok-Dessallien, United Nations Resident Coordinator in India
(Speech as prepared)
Dr. Pawan Goenka, MD & CEO of the Mahindra & Mahindra,
Mr. Shukla, Chairperson of the Group Sustainability Council,
Mr. Anirban Ghosh,
Distinguished Council Members,
And the Mahindra family in India,
I am delighted to join you today in the celebration of your 50th Sustainability Council Meeting. Mahindra is a standard bearer for India, and the world, when it comes to convening dialogue and action on corporate sustainability.
You have articulated your values, at the highest levels, in alignment with the world’s vision for the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. Last year, at Davos, your chairman, Mr. Anand Mahindra issued a challenge to the global community of businesses to adopt science-based targets on climate change and committed your company to implementing the Paris Agreement in full, and to carbon neutrality by 2040. As you are aware, Mr. Mahindra was also recently appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General to the board of the UN Global Compact – chaired by the Secretary-General himself.
There is not much I can say that will be unfamiliar to you, but I can take this opportunity to commend your extraordinary efforts.
The urgency of climate action and sustainability
The role of big companies: scale of impact and innovation
The business case for sustainability
A balance is possible between corporate and environmental value
Mahindra’s exemplary leadership
Convening a coalition of commitments for sustainability