At the United Nations summit on private sector implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we committed to bringing the goals to life in our business.
Tammy Medard, CEO of ANZ in Laos, spoke on gender equality and the need to end discrimination against women and girls around the world. She talked about her role as a female CEO and the importance of having a workplace that promotes and celebrates gender diversity.
In support of the SDGs, Tammy pledged that, by 2017, 40% of ANZ‘s vendor panelists in Laos will be women-run businesses. This is particularly challenging in Laos, where female workforce participation in industries such as technology is very low.
According to Tammy, “For the SDGs to be successful, leaders have to think beyond creating bespoke programs that address the SDGs, but actually embed them into the ethos of an organization and its people.”
The SDGs build on the Millennium Development Goals that were adopted by world leaders in 2000. The 17 goals and 169 targets of the SDGs present a broad sustainability agenda focused on the need to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and respond to climate change by 2030. ANZ supports the SDGs and our public sustainability targets are in alignment with them.