Enactus, The Global Organisation Focused on Achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Nov 04, 2015, 08:00 ET from Enactus

NEW YORK, November 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

Enactus, an international non-profit operating at over 1,700 universities in 36 countries recognizes the critical urgency to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to transform our world by 2030.

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Enactus has aligned its entrepreneurial action program to the seventeen United Nations SDGs to support and achieve this action plan for the advancement of people and planet. Terry Torok, Chief Innovation Officer for Enactus Worldwide affirms the immediate need for us all to take action: "No matter where you sit on the political spectrum, the time is right now to stand up for the Earth, this is home for all of us". 

Enactus is a dynamic community of student, academic and business leaders along with 550 partner companies aligned and committed to accomplishing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 United Nations integrated Sustainable Development Goals and 169 targets build upon the Millennium Development Goals set for 2015. The aim is higher for year 2030, but Enactus has led this space for over 30 years. The Enactus projects by more than 70,500 university students per year, focus on addressing these goals through projects of social impact and sustainable social enterprise.

"Enactus is proud to be a first mover on impact for the 17 SDGs" states Terry Torok, Chief Innovation Officer for Enactus Worldwide "we drive business innovation that creates social enterprises in achieving the SDG's. We are proud to partner with The United Nations, the United Nations Foundation and others in our worldwide network to help accomplish these critical goals. We are also announcing specific competitions like The Water Race,

 [https://enactus.wistia.com/medias/orcvfqrpal] for qualified partners to significantly advance their Social Responsibility initiatives.
Many opportunities exist for corporate partners to join Enactus in achieving the SDGs with Enactus, a worldwide team that ideates and activates business innovation for social impact.

Enactus recently celebrated the awarding of the 2015 Enactus World Champion team of the University of Southampton at the Enactus World Cup held in Johannesburg, South Africa with the team creating 14 projects aligned to SDG #3 of ensuring healthy lives and wellbeing, along with SDG #6 of the availability of clean water and sanitation and economic growth to impact over 20 000 Kenyans across their 14 projects. This is just a singular example of Enactus projects focused on the achievement of the SDGs.

Enactus has specific goal initiatives such as the 'Spring-back' project aligned to accomplishing SDG #12 and SDG#6 and the Gre-Cycling project in Zimbabwe supporting SDG#5 and SDG#8. Enactus projects throughout the year will continue to create substantial awareness for the goals and the Enactus Social Ambassadors will share the stories throughout social media.  

KPMG is a major contributing sponsor of Enactus Worldwide and shares with Enactus the commitment to achieving the SDGs with Lord Michael Hastings, Global Head of Citizenship KPMG International saying: "The SDGs are the best opportunity to meet the needs of the poorest communities on the planet and end desperation. We need to create a world where everyone has the instinctive right to live and breathe. This is our chance to bring dignity to millions of people around the world."

ABOUT ENACTUS: Founded in 1975, Enactus, an international non-profit organization brings together students, academic and business leaders through the belief that investing in students who take entrepreneurial action for others creates a better world for us all. Guided by business experts and academic advisors at more than 1,700 universities in 36 countries, the 70,500 student leaders of Enactus create and implement community outreach projects each year to empower people to improve their livelihoods, impacting more than 1,950,000 people.

ENACTUS PROJECTS AND ORGANISATIONAL INFORMATION: http://www.enactus.org

Issued by Linda Thompson on behalf of Enactus
Email: lthompson@enactus.org
Tel +27-72-054-1179

Further information on Enactus' alignment to the SDGs is available from Terry Torok, Chief Innovation Officer, Enactus Worldwide.

Terry Torok
Enactus Worldwide Chief Innovation Officer
Email: ttorok@enactus.org

Linda Thompson
Enactus World Cup media liaison
Email: lthompson@enactus.org
Tel: +27-72-054-1179

SOURCE Enactus