Climate action and diversity in focus when Nordic CEOs met with Prime Ministers

The Nordic CEOs for a Sustainable Future, an alliance of the leaders of the Nordic region’s leading businesses, met today with the Prime Ministers of the five Nordic countries to discuss a collaborative approach to addressing sustainability challenges.

The CEOs, among them Johan Dennelind, President and CEO of Telia Company, presented their vision for achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through greater public-private sector collaboration and the transition to purpose-driven business practices. The alliance will initially focus on climate action, and diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

The meetings formed part of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ session held in Reykjavik, Iceland, this week.

Integrating the SDGs into business strategies

The CEOs are committed to integrating the SDGs into their business activities and decision-making, incorporating sustainability into their own policies and across their value chains.

Recognising that the 2030 deadline for achieving the SDGs is fast approaching, the companies are in particular looking at strengthening their efforts within the areas of climate change and diversity and inclusion. This will include:

Identifying scalable solutions across their value chains to accelerate reduction of emissions and collaborating on joint emission reduction efforts with other companies in the alliance.

Strengthening common reporting on diversity and inclusion, using the insights gained to share best practices across the region, and joining forces on actions to improve.

Johan Dennelind says: “When we announced Telia Company’s Daring Goals, we knew that more collaboration is a necessity in building a more sustainable future, and today’s meeting, joint statement and commitment from the Nordic CEO’s and Nordic Prime Ministers is a big step in collaboration across the public and private sector. I am proud that Prime Minister’s from across the Nordic region have agreed with the CEO’s from some of the Nordic’s significant companies that collective action on climate change and on encouraging a more equal society is not only urgent, but also a joint effort.”

The Daring Goals state that Telia Company will be CO2 neutral with zero waste, not only within its own operations, but throughout the value chain by 2030.

The Nordich CEOs and the Prime Ministers also signed a Joint Statement for a Sustainable Future (read it here)

About the Nordic CEOs for a Sustainable Future

The Nordic CEOs for a Sustainable Future Initiative is a CEO-led initiative, launched in October 2018, aiming to drive progress on the SDGs through collaboration. Nordic companies are built on shared values of inclusion, equality and long-termism; these characteristics can help advance the collective efforts outlined by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Accord. The initiative creates a platform for engagement between the CEOs and Nordic Prime Ministers on how to move from sustainability as a compliance matter to purpose-driven initiative. Read more