The world’s leading solar technology company, LONGi Green Energy Technology Co., Ltd. (LONGi), joined a new initiative at the Private Sector Forum during the SDG Summit 2023 to accelerate private sector action at the pace and scale needed to deliver on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and meet the 2030 Agenda.
The UN Global Compact Forward Faster initiative calls on business leaders everywhere to take measurable, credible, and ambitious action in areas that have the power to accelerate progress across all 17 SDGs and where the private sector can collectively make the biggest, fastest impact by 2030.
The SDG Progress Report released earlier this year by UN Secretary-General António Guterres showed that just 15 percent of the Sustainable Development Goal targets are on track, progress on 48 percent is weak and insufficient, and progress has stalled or gone into reverse on 37 percent of the SDGs.
“Renewable energy is seen as key to achieving multiple SDGs.” LONGi‘s Founder and President, Li Zhenguo, shared his insights with other participants in the forum. Mr. Li Zhenguo believes that the development and promotion of renewable energy technologies can not only provide power for the clean energy transition and reduce carbon emissions but also promote socio-economic growth, create job opportunities, enhance energy security, and improve health and education levels.
By increasing investment and promotion in renewable energy technologies, feasible solutions can be provided for the SDGs, while creating a more sustainable future for global social, economic, and environmental challenges. Mr. Li Zhenguo further explained.
The Forward Faster initiative focuses on five action areas: Gender Equality, Climate Action, Living Wages, Water Resilience, and Finance and investment. LONGi has committed to three detailed targets in two action areas:
- Equal representation, participation, and leadership across all levels of management by 2030.
- Equal pay for work of equal value by 2030.
- Contribute to a just transition by taking concrete actions that address the social impacts of climate change mitigation and adaptation measures in partnership with actors such as workers, unions, communities, and suppliers.
At the Private Sector Forum 2023, global business leaders shared their views with governments and announced ambitious actions and investments to advance the achievement of the SDGs. The forum also praised the pioneers of the United Nations Global Compact’s “Forward Faster” initiative – companies that committed to achieving ambitious goals before the launch of the Forum, including LONGi.