“As a signatory of the Outcomes Declaration, I will adopt these actions in my own company, and I encourage other local New Jersey businesses and organizations to do the same. Together, we can address these sustainable development challenges and help to make the world a better place,”

MORRISTOWN, N.J.

On 25-26 June 2019, the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), a global peer-to-peer network of more than 14,000 influential business owners with 192 chapters in 59 countries, presented a two-day International Entrepreneurial Summit at the United Nations. The interactive Summit focused on supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)–17 goals and 169 targets to eradicate poverty, reverse inequality and halt climate change by 2030.

Entrepreneurs Organization of New Jersey was represented at the Summit by members JB Blanchard, John Cioffi, Sejal Lakhani-Bhatt, Darlene Panzitta and Harris Wolin who were among more than another 180 entrepreneurs and business leaders interacting in substantive panel discussions to formulate concrete actions that business leaders can implement locally in New Jersey to address the following four SDGs:

  • SDG 4 ̶ Quality Education
  • SDG 5 ̶ Gender Equality
  • SDG 6 ̶ Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 8 ̶ Decent Work and Economic Growth

“It was an honor to represent EO New Jersey at the International Entrepreneurial Summit at the United Nations,” said Darlene Panzitta, female entrepreneur and current President of the New Jersey EO chapter. “In my years as an EO member, I’ve seen how strongly EO encourages the vital role entrepreneurs play in driving positive change. I’m excited by the opportunity to engage with the SDGs to lead substantive change both in our local community and around the world.”

By hosting the International Entrepreneurial Summit, EO aims to create momentum among leading entrepreneurs from around the world and incite connections with key stakeholders from the broader UN SDGs ecosystem—forming a network of connections that will empower business leaders to contribute in solving pressing global challenges—starting locally in New Jersey.

“As a signatory of the Outcomes Declaration, I will adopt these actions in my own company, and I encourage other local New Jersey businesses and organizations to do the same. Together, we can address these sustainable development challenges and help to make the world a better place,” Darlene Panzitta continued.

The specific outcomes generated by EO participants during the International Entrepreneurial Summit include:

  • Develop a children’s educational programme to engage member kids in social impact and teach the significance of the SDGs.
  • Partner with Model UN organizations for programming, and ultimately host a global gamified competition among member kids.
  • Increase business participation with the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), with a goal of achieving a minimum 20 percent UNGC engagement among member companies within 12 months.
  • Designate a Social Impact Day to celebrate social impact on one day globally, including education on ROI to businesses, key executive involvement and community action.
  • Support more women in leadership: in the local and national community, in civic leadership, in local and global businesses, and on the boards of private and public companies.
  • Create a gender equality certification program specifying equality in recruitment and selection during promotions, clear parental leave policies, safe environments for women, equal compensation, and equal opportunity to board positions.
  • Commit to holding your company accountable for using no single-use plastic.
  • Create and support a competition for companies to fund a sustainable water supply for 5,000 people in water-stressed areas of the world.
  • Use B-Corp B-Lab Assessment to aggregate data and measure company impact.

EO is an avid supporter of the UN’s Sustainable Development Agenda: In September 2017, EO members pledged support for the UN SDGs during the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, recognizing the importance of solving real-world problems through sustainable business practices.

In May 2018, former EO Global Chair Brian Brault was a keynote speaker at the UN’s International Council for Small Business and Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, where he signed a declaration emphasizing the importance of entrepreneurship in driving positive change by addressing sustainable development challenges.

The engaging line-up of speakers for the International Entrepreneurial Summit included H.E. Dr. Michal Mlynar, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Slovakia to the UN; Dr. Derrek Kayongo, Global Soap Project; Andrew Wilson, ICC; Shamina Singh, Mastercard; Joshua Williams, Ashoka; Rosemarie “Bubu” Andres, EO Global Chair; and Warren Rustand, Dean of the EO Leadership Academy.

For event details, view the agenda. To learn more about EO, please visit: http://www.eonetwork.org

About the Entrepreneurs’ Organization
The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global, peer-to-peer network of more than 14,000 influential business owners with 192 chapters in 59 countries. Founded in 1987, EO is the catalyst that enables leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow, leading to greater success in business and beyond.

Media Contact
Kevin Mahoney
Marketing & Communications Chair, EO New Jersey
Entrepreneurs’ Organization
Email: kevin(at)findtape(dot)com

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