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What does ‘build back better’ really mean? One of the world’s top CEOs give us his take

UN chief António Guterres, has warned of an “unparalleled economic shock”, as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. So, going forward, can the private sector “build back better” to reorder the post-pandemic world, or, might the UN’s vision of a sustainable future be relegated to a low-priority aspiration? We put these questions to the CEO of one of the world’s largest conglomerates, who is working with the Organization, towards a better future.

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Slow gender equality progress ‘almost a joke’: UN business chief

The slow progress of achieving gender equality in the workplace is “almost a joke,” Lise Kingo, head of the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative, said in an interview with UN News.

Ms. Kingo pointed to many positive moves and best practices now followed by some large corporations, but spoke frankly about the many difficulties still encountered by working women, including recent signs of a growing backlash and resistance to gender equality.

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“Fundamental shift” leading to improved corporate responsibility

A “fundamental shift” in the way business is conducted around the world is leading to improved corporate responsibility, according to the Executive Director of the UN Global Compact Office.

The Global Compact encourages companies to incorporate, environmental, social and governance issues into their business operations in order to benefit people while keeping those companies profitable.