GOLDEN for Institutions

The pressure to move forward with sustainability has become in the last few decades a key strategic goal also for government and international institutions, many of which have created strategic goals (MDGs and upcoming SDGs), principles (e.g. UNGC), guidelines (e.g. OECD) and standards (e.g. ISO, GRI) to focus the efforts and mobilize the energies towards critical innovation and transformational objectives. Whereas many of these initiatives have scored significant successes in obtaining commitment from national governments and the private sector to pursue this complex transformational change agenda, most of the consequent action has been focused on reputation enhancement and risk management initiatives, which have left the core business processes virtually unchanged in all but a handful of particularly sensitive multinational organizations, typically led by visionary leaders.

We are currently at the beginning of a new era in terms of sustainability. As the drafting of the Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) by the UN is coming to an end, the challenges posed by the new targets are becoming increasingly clear in their magnitude and depth, compared to their predecessors, the MDGs. There is little doubt that the adoption by the international government community of the SDGs in September 2015, and the thorough engagement and consensus-building process that generated the content of the targets, will translate into a strong pressure for all the actors involved, to deploy massive behavioural change processes aimed at the realization of those targets by 2030.

The national and international government institutions, as well as the business community and the representatives of civil society are producing an unprecedented set of commitments to transformational change in the way they will govern, produce, innovate, invest, consume, collaborate and learn. Realizing these changes will be perhaps the largest and most complex collaborative enterprise that the world has ever seen so far.


Sustainable Entreprise Model Innovation Labs (SEMI Labs)

GOLDEN proposes to tackle these challenges trough the creation of Sustainable Enterprise Model Innovation (SEMI) Labs, an approach to support and facilitate the experimentation of innovative models of the enterprise, capable to integrate the various dimensions of economic, social and environmental sustainability in a stakeholder-centered view of business activity. A SEMI Lab is designed in part for “virtual” or lab experimentation, and in part for “real” experimentation on the field, hence the acronym “semi”. It is in fact composed by several mechanisms for guided, controlled, experimentation, and provides a safe space for policy-makers, companies and stakeholders to experiment with change interventions aimed at creating sustainable business enterprises and eco-systems.

GOLDEN is actively working with the following partners to establish SEMI Labs both at a national policy level and a issue based level:

  • The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Economic Cooperation, where Golden is playing an active role in setting the pillars of the Foreign Policy for Sustainability (FPS), an innovative contribution to the global debate on sustainability which migh entails the creation of a country based SEMI Lab
  • Relevant UN organizations (UNEP with regard to the Division of Technology Industry and Economics based in Paris; UNIDO; ILO) trough the proposal of the creation of a “SEMI Lab” focused on the experimentation of innovative forms of intervention for the implementation of post-2015 SDGs in relevant areas (environment, industrial relations, labour).

For more detailed information, please contact Nicoletta Ferro, GOLDEN Responsible for Institutional Cooperation.

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