During this time of unprecedented uncertainty and economic turmoil resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Goal 17 Partners stands more than ever for new levels of collaboration and innovation to harness the full potential of the private sector to drive solutions for sustainability, equality and accessibility.
Two immediate opportunities highlighted by our partners at the Wellcome Trust, Gates Foundation and UN Office for Partnerships are below:
As we all rally to do whatever possible to respond to the current crisis and adapt to the new ways of working and living it has resulted in, we look forward to continuing to shine the light on the good work of all of you. An initial snapshot of how the companies in our network are responding is presented here, along with some excellent resources some of our partners have compiled.
We will also explore new ways to continue our work together around our longer-term goals of sustainability, equality and accessibility—which we know are the foundation to offset the impact of future shocks and crisis.
Please feel free to share any feedback, suggestions or opportunities on how we can do so. Thank you for everything you are doing already and for being part of the Goal 17 Partners community at a time when Sustainable Development Goal 17 is more important than ever.
How some of our core partners have responded:
S&P Global is releasing a daily update on COVID-19 and its impact on markets: https://www.spglobal.com/en/research-insights/articles/covid-19-daily-update-march-27-2020
S&P Global Foundation has allocated an initial pool of USD $2 million in funds to support the global response to the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): https://www.spglobal.com/en/research-insights/articles/sp-global-foundation-announces-usd-2-million-in-funds-to-support-covid-19-response-efforts
Willis Towers Watson:
Willis Towers Watson has created a resource page for COVID-19 related resources:https://www.willistowerswatson.com/en-US/Insights/trending-topics/covid-19-coronavirus
Salesforce is using their technology such a HealthCloud and Tableau to help medical teams collaborate during this time: https://www.salesforce.com/blog/2020/03/letter-to-our-customers.html
Guggenheim Partners has called for stronger monetary and fiscal policy response to the crisis. https://www.guggenheiminvestments.com/perspectives/media/analyzing-the-coronavirus-market-rout
Estee Lauder Companies:
Estée Lauder Companies has donated supplies and money to numerous funds and organizations including Doctors Without Borders and the NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund: https://www.elcompanies.com/en/news-and-media/newsroom/company-features/2020/covid-19-efforts
BP’s response incorporated their people, customers, operations, and communities.https://www.bp.com/en/global/corporate/news-and-insights/covid-19-bp-response.html
Goal 17 Partners COVID-19 Business Resource Center
U.S. Chamber of Commerce resources and tracker of how companies are responding: https://www.uschamber.com/coronavirus
World Economic Forum COVID Action Platform: https://www.weforum.org/platforms/covid-action-platform
Just Capital list of how top companies are responding: https://justcapital.com/news/capitalism-meets-coronavirus-how-companies-are-responding/
Message from UN Global Compact: https://www.unglobalcompact.org/news/4531-03-16-2020
4SD Narrative on COVID-19 and the role of business: https://www.4sd.info/covid-19-narratives/narrative-three/
McKinsey Executive Briefing: https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/risk/our-insights/covid-19-implications-for-business