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Responsible Business Forum on Sustainable Development 2017



The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were created to transform the world, but for the goals to be reached, governments, the private sector and civil society need to work together. With the launch of the SDGs, we now have an unprecedented opportunity to accelerate inclusive growth in Africa to deliver the goals and bring countries, businesses and people together to embark on a new path towards a more sustainable and better planet for us all.

The Responsible Business Forum (RBF) on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, 31 August – 01 September 2017, will examine each of the 17 SDGs in depth with case studies and perspectives from businesses, governments, UN agencies and NGOs, investors and international experts. Building on the SDG agenda at RBF 2016, the Africa forum will guide companies to concretely contribute to achieving the goals through inclusive growth.

With 17 SDG workshops to choose from, delegates can design their own RBF 2017 agenda around the goals most relevant to their organisations and participate in discussions around action, inclusive growth and collaboration.




Note: This draft agenda is indicative of speakers both invited and to be invited and is subject to change

0730 – 0845

Registration and Networking

0900 – 0903

Welcome address

Facilitator: Malcolm Preston, Global Leader Sustainability, PwC

0903 – 0910

Guest of Honor address

0910 – 0920

Opening plenary address

0920 – 1020

Opening speeches and discussion panel

Accelerating inclusive growth to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals

1020 – 1030

Key note presentation

1030 – 1100

Networking Coffee Break

SDG Collaboration Hub

1100 – 1230

Sustainable Development Goals – Workshops I

Goal 1: End Poverty

Goal 2: Zero Hunger

Goal 3: Good Health and Wellbeing

Goal 4: Quality Education

Goal 5: Gender Equality

Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

1230 – 1340


1. General delegates networking lunch

2. Closed lunch with selected regional government and business leaders (by invitation only)

1340 – 1510

Sustainable Development Goals – Workshops II

Goal 7: Affordable Clean Energy

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities

Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

1510 – 1540

Networking coffee break

SDG Collaboration Hub

1540 – 1620

Gender Equality Dialogue

Empowering Women to Achieve the Global Goals

1620 – 1640

The Gender Equality Seal Certification Programme for the Private Sector: The Catalyst for Change

1640 – 1715

Sharing and feedback session with workshop facilitators

SDG 1 – 6

1715 – 1750

Sharing and feedback session with workshop facilitators

SDG 7 – 11

1750 – 1800

Closing Remarks

1800 – 1930

Networking dinner reception

0730 – 0845

Registration and networking

0900 – 0903


Facilitator: Malcolm Preston, Global Leader Sustainability, PwC

0903 – 0925

Opening address

0925 – 1025

Keynote Presentation

Finance, technology, and sustainable growth

1040 – 1110

Networking coffee break – SDG Collaboration Hub

1110 – 1240

Sustainable Development Goals – Workshops III

Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Goal 13: Climate Action

Goal 14: Life Below Water

Goal 15: Life On Lands

Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

1300 – 1410


1. General delegates networking lunch

2. Closed lunch with selected regional government and business leaders (by invitation only)

1410 – 1450

Sharing and feedback session with workshop facilitators SDG 12 – 17

1450 – 1500

Keynote presentation and audience Q&A

1500 – 1540

Discussion panel

Inclusive growth and the circular economy

1540 – 1620

Discussion panel

Data, measurement and reporting on SDG performance

1620 – 1630

Closing remarks

Next steps and commitment to action

Summary and next steps

1630 – 1900


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Lead Organiser

  • Global Initiatives is a Singapore-based media company promoting solutions to global challenges through film, television and high-level international events. The Responsible Business TV series has been produced by Global Initiatives since 2007, broadcast globally on CNBC and other networks. The B4E, Business for the Environment, global event series brings together leaders from business, governments and NGOs to agree on industry commitments and policy proposals towards a more sustainable future.



Knowledge Partner

  • At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. We’re a network of firms in 157 countries with more than 208,000 people committed to delivering quality in assurance, advisory and tax services.

    Our sustainability and climate change advisory team combines 800 experts globally. We help our clients to plan, source, deliver, finance and measure the impact of products and services in a way that builds a more resilient, agile and sustainable business. We have developed innovative diagnostic tools to help assess the relevance of the SDGs to a business with a view to incorporating them into strategy and long term planning, measurement and reporting.




Lead Partner

  • At Regency Foundation Networx we create content to inspire action. Through innovative communication solutions, creative conversations and educational programs for business and communities, we promote and encourage ethical and inclusive business practice and responsible social development. Our global content creation spans more than 40 countries and focuses on creating and broadcasting believable stories of purposeful business that build trust and facilitate growth.



Event Partners

  • UNESCO was created in order to respond to the firm belief that political and economic agreements are not enough to build a lasting peace. Peace must be established on the basis of humanity’s moral and intellectual solidarity. UNESCO strives to build networks among nations that enable this kind of solidarity, by mobilizing for education, building intercultural understanding, pursuing scientific cooperation and protecting freedom of expression. Today, UNESCO's message has never been more important. We must create holistic policies that are capable of addressing sustainable development in all its dimensions. At a time when the world is looking for new ways to build peace and sustainable development, people must rely on the power of intelligence to innovate.


  • UNEP is the leading global environmental authority and the environmental voice of the United Nations. UNEP’s work is focused on seven thematic areas—Climate Change, Disasters and Conflicts, Ecosystem Management, Environmental Governance, Chemicals and Waste, Resource Efficiency and Sustainable Consumption and Production; and Environment Under Review. UNEP and partners are working to ensure that the environment, along with the social and economic dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals, deliver benefits to the people by ensuring access to financing and technology, addressing the needs of vulnerable communities, respecting human rights, enabling education and awareness and leaving no one behind. UNEP’s governing body, established in 2013 by the UN General Assembly, is the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) that includes 193 member States of the United Nations, as well as observer States and other stakeholders. 41 of these member States are in the Asia Pacific region.


  • UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. UN Women works across 32 countries in Asia and the Pacific in collaboration with Governments, Civil Society Organizations, the Private Sector, and the UN System. Our work has reached the most marginalized women and girls by tackling stark and rising inequalities and multiple forms of discrimination.


  • World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is one of the world’s largest and most experienced independent conservation organisations. Established in 1961, WWF has grown to be one of the largest environmental organisations in the world with more than 5 million supporters worldwide; and present in more than 100 countries to conserve and protect our natural environment. WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of our planet's natural environment, and build a future in which people live in harmony with nature.



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