In total, a total of 17 innovation projects have been highlighted due to their contribution to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals
The initiative against female genital mutilation Rito of alternative passage, launched by Amref Salud Africa, has received special recognition from the jury
The delivery ceremony has been chaired by Cristina Gallach, high commissioner for the 2030 Agenda of the Government of Spain.
Drone Hopper has been awarded SDG 15 – Sustainably manage forests, fight desertification, stop and reverse land degradation and stop biodiversity loss.
The Spanish Network of the Global Compact, the most important initiative for the sustainability of the private sector promoted by the United Nations, and the Rafael del Pino Foundation have delivered the Go! ODS Awards, with which they value the role of
corporate and social entities of our country when it comes to innovatively achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is about prizes that
Highlights initiatives already underway and with proven results, with the aim of serving as an inspiration for the Spanish private sector as a whole, encouraging intersectoral collaboration and dialogue.
Thus, there have been 17 recognized projects, one for each SDG. Among these, vaccination and child nutrition programs, alternative energy generation or rural repopulation projects stand out. In addition, other initiatives related to entrepreneurship and employment, road safety or the circular economy. To this we must add the special recognition received by the Amref Health Africa project to end female genital mutilation (FGM). Not only has it been highlighted as the best project to promote SDG 5 – Gender equality, but it has also received special jury recognition, thus being recognized as the best initiative of all those presented.
During the delivery ceremony, the high commissioner for the 2030 Agenda of the Government of Spain, Cristina Gallach, wanted to point towards the responsibility that we as a society have so that our country continues to advance in its commitment to sustainability, remarking that “Without the world business there will be no achievement of # Agenda2030 “.
Meanwhile, Ángel Pes, president of the Spanish Network of the Global Compact, has recognized the involvement of the Spanish business network in terms of sustainability. “With the launch of go! ODS, in addition to making a public recognition of support for innovations that are already having a positive impact on sustainable development, we want to make a strong commitment to the dissemination of the 2030 Agenda. Go! ODS Awards have a A decidedly communicative dimension, aimed at helping everyone to know the SDGs before 2020, as corresponds to the National Plan of Action. In addition, we are making companies and entities visible
nature exemplifying what they can do to contribute to the 2030 Agenda ”, has
Along the same lines, María del Pino, president of the Rafael del Pino Foundation, has indicated that “the 17 Sustainable Development Goals need a context of freedom and market so that they can disseminate all their positive effects among all citizens. I know that freedom and market are not enough conditions. But I also know that they are necessary conditions. ”
A few “best in class” awards
The projects highlighted in the Go! ODS Awards have been proposed by one of the driving entities of these awards, among which are different organizations in our country that also have awards, programs or incubators focused on sustainable innovation: Accenture, Action against hunger, Ashoka, Spanish Association of Foundations, Atresmedia, European commission, Cotec, Deloitte, El hollow, Endesa, Esade, Ferrovial, Repsol Foundation, Global Incubator, Iberdrola, IE Business School, Impact Hub, Indra, Ineco , IS Global, itdUPM, Merco, Obra Social “la Caixa”, Prisa, SC4Change, Ship2B and Telefónica.
In this sense, the Go! ODS Awards have highlighted projects that had previously been recognized for their innovative nature, thus constituting a “best in class”. The ultimate goal: to promote an entrepreneurial and entrepreneurial ecosystem that drives the SDGs, the global roadmap that sets out the goals of the international community in the 2016-2030 period to eradicate poverty and promote sustainable and egalitarian development.
For its election, there has been a jury made up of the following experts in sustainability and innovation. The agency has been formed by Diego Comín, Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College and a member of the Institute for New Economic Thought; Mercedes Delgado, senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School School of Management and director of research at the MIT Innovation Initiative Lab for Innovation Science and Policy; Javier García, founder of Rive Technology and Celera and professor at the University of Alicante; Antonio Garrigues, honorary president of the Garrigues law firm and president of the Garrigues Foundation; Manuel Muñiz, Dean of EI
School of Public Affairs and Professor of Global Transformation Practice in Rafael del Pino; Joaquín Nieto, director of the ILO Office for Spain; Belén Romana, economist and digital director Business and independent director; Carmen Vela, former Secretary of State for Innovation, and Víctor Viñuales, director of ECODES.
For their failure, they have taken into account the criteria of impact and scalability, contribution to the dissemination of the SDGs, articulation through alliances and linking with the Spanish priorities of the 2030 Agenda.