Tristar encourages business leaders to support UN Sustainable Development Goals
Tristar Group CEO Eugene Mayne has called on companies in the UAE to support the Global Goals of the United Nations (UN) focused to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all people of the planet.
Speaking at the UN Global Goals Workshop, organized by International Quality and Excellence Consultant Sunil Thawani, Mr. Mayne reiterated that business leaders must support the 10 Principles of the UN Global Compact (UNGC) ‘not just by lip service but by action.’
The 10 Principles cover four areas related to human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption and directly contribute to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are a set of economic, social and environmental goals ratified by 193 countries, including UAE at the UN in September 2015 which aims to ‘end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change’ by 2030.
“Since our inception in 1998, we made a commitment to be a Responsible Business and today this commitment underpins every decision we make,” Mr. Mayne declared. Tristar is promoting SDG No. 3 on Good Health and Well-being and No. 4 on Quality Education with its road safety awareness campaigns in the GCC and with its support to the education sector in South Sudan and Kenya, respectively.
Mr. Thawani presented compelling facts about the SDGs and inspiring stories of individual Leaders, Groups and Organizations who take a stand on social issues they care about and are making a positive difference across the world. He also shared details of UAE’s commitment to the SDGs and added that the ‘UAE is the worlds’ largest per capita donor contributing 1.31% of gross national index as Official Development Assistance’.
The UN Global Goals Workshop with the theme ‘Be Inspired. Get Involved. Take Action’, organized by Quality Indeed Consulting and held at the Movenpick Ibn Batutta Gate Hotel, Dubai focused on making UN Global Goals well-known to inspire individuals at the local level to adopt and champion the 17 SDGs.
Dr. Renu Sarah Thomas, an Art Psychotherapist and Educator, talked about Mental Health which is related to SDG No. 3 while Kaveh Houshmand Azad, a Performance Excellence leader, conducted a Webinar from California, USA, on Global Trends in Pursuit of Sustainable Quality Healthcare.
The event saw the participation of executives and CSR professionals from various private and public entities, including representatives from the UN Global Compact Local Network UAE. Mr. Thawani concluded with a call to take action and “Leave No One Behind” (website https://action4sd.org/leavenoonebehind/). He encouraged attendees to become “Goal Keepers” and register as Partners under SDG No. 17.