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Poised for Impact: GPCVC’s action playbook to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

An assembly of United Nations world leaders adopted a sustainability agenda in 2015, agreeing to formally support the Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 targets to achieve by the year 2030.

How can corporations and their employees effectively contribute to the global efforts for these global goals? How can cross sector collaboration come to fruition in regions across the world, and communicate their accomplishments in the language of the SDGs?

Achieving these goals requires the cooperation of the public and private sectors globally; already, private sector organizations are coalescing alongside nonprofits to mobilize efforts towards achieving the global goals. The Greater Philadelphia Corporate Volunteer Council (GPCVC) is a case study of successful regional collaboration at the forefront of this movement.

Through a grant from the IBM Corporation, the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, along with members of the GPCVC, developed a playbook that outlines best practices derived from their journey. The playbook defines key factors for success throughout the GPCVC’s experience, and illustrates its maturity model from initiation to expansion. The playbook serves to provide an example to other regions seeking to produce meaningful impact aligned to the SDGs.