Braskem participated in the Global Compact Leaders Summit 2013: Architects of a Better World, which is the United Nation's most important event in its efforts to promote engagement by the business community in sustainability topics. Chaired by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the summit will bring together chief executives with leaders from civil society, government and the United Nations to advance the creation of a post-2015 sustainable development agenda.
The objective of the agenda of the fourth edition of the triennial summit was to discuss proposals for setting goals to be met after the passing of the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals 2015, which is a commitment signed by 189 nations to combat extreme poverty and other problems of society.
A leader of the Global Compact Network Brazil, Jorge Soto, who is Head of Sustainable Development at Braskem, presented lectures on the efforts being mobilized by Brazilian companies to forge partnerships on sustainability projects, as well as Braskem's own sustainability initiatives.
"Our objective is to show what the Brazilian network has done, in other words our accomplishments, as well as what we plan to accomplish over the coming years," said Soto. "Another important element of our presence here at the summit is to strengthen the interchange and partnerships of the Global Compact Network Brazil with other networks around the world," he added.
Created in 2000 by the United Nations, the Global Compact is an international initiative aimed at mobilizing the business community to adopt business practices firmly rooted in fundamental values in the areas of human rights, labor relations, the environment and combating corruption. The Global Compact Network Brazil is the world's fourth largest network, with over 520 signatory organizations.
The event was held on September 19th and 20th in New York and was sponsored by Braskem and by the Global Compact Network Brazil. The first day also featured side events to the Leaders Summit focusing on social responsibility, which were organized by the Global Compact and other organizations.