Workshop on Sustainable Development Goal 13

From left to right: Tanja Daumann (RBI), Daniela Knieling (respACT), Andrea Sihn-Weber (RBI) (c) RBIAn event organized by Global Compact Network Austria was held in mid-May at RBI AG on the topic of Sustainable Development Goals. Representatives from renowned Austrian companies worked together to develop concrete approaches to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13, “climate protection measures”. The latest national and international developments were discussed as were the corporate climate protection measures that have already been implemented.


From left to right: Tanja Daumann (RBI), Daniela Knieling (respACT), Andrea Sihn-Weber (RBI) (c) RBI

Andrea Sihn-Weber, Head of Group Sustainability Management at Raiffeisen Bank International and Managing Director of the Raiffeisen Climate Protection Initiative, referred in her welcome speech to the significance of climate change for the financial sector and the need to engage closely with this issue.

In the working group of respACT – austrian business council for sustainable development, established by Global Compact Network Austria, around 40 company representatives outlined opportunities for supporting SDG 13, “climate protection measures”. respACT is the leading corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainable development platform for companies in Austria. This working group conducted by respACT discussed how SDG 13 can be embedded into the energy and CSR initiatives and the kinds of business opportunities which may result from these.

The global sustainability goals of the United Nations (SDGs)
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the worldwide framework for sustainable development. Seventeen specific objectives address the key challenges of our time. The 193 Member States of the United Nations, including Austria, are committed to the implementation of these goals by 2030. All social actors from business, politics, civil society and the media are called upon to contribute toward the achievement of the goals. The contribution of companies plays a pivotal role in this. Ines Sturm, Global Compact Network Austria project leader at respACT, highlighted the significance of the SDGs for Austrian companies.

Implementing corporate measures on climate protection
Ines Sturm and Felix Forster, project member of respACT/Global Compact Network Austria, presented guidance on the strategic management of the SDGs and introduced communication initiatives relating to SDG 13. In the report that followed, Tanja Daumann from RBI Group Sustainability Management presented the corporate measures of RBI AG for SDG 13. She particularly emphasized the importance of measuring greenhouse gases and setting reduction targets in the relevant sectors to make an effective contribution to the achievement of the two-degree goal.

Interactive part on the implementation of SDG 13
In the practical segment of the #globalgoals working group, participants worked on developing ways to implement a corporate climate strategy. The topics of long, medium and short-term measures in the areas of energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions, risks from climate change for companies, opportunities from climate change for companies and environmental investments were analyzed and discussed in small groups.

Andrea Sihn-Weber

Head of Group Sustainability Management, General Manager of Raiffeisen Sustainability Initiative
Raiffeisen Bank International AG
Am Stadtpark 9, 1030 Wien
Tel: +43-1-71707-6069
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