Willis Towers Watson hosts The Prince of Wales and global leaders to discuss sustainability

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales yesterday convened a global forum, hosted by Willis Towers Watson, where leaders from government, business, finance and civil society came together to inspire action toward achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals set out by the Measure What Matters project.

The Measure What Matters (MWM) project aims to generate greater alignment and collaboration between actors at all levels – global, national, regional and local to accelerate the transition to a sustainable global economy.

The forum, “Measure What Matters: a Framework for Action,” explored the vision for 2030, and encouraged discussion among delegates on how the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are being achieved, with particular focus on ways to measure progress.

The global goals for sustainable development have been agreed by governments around the world. They set out 17 ambitious goals to be delivered by 2030 to put the world on a pathway toward the development of a sustainable, resilient economy.

In his address at the forum, The Prince of Wales emphasised the important role the SDGs have to play in setting a framework for action. He said that the challenge is to produce a framework that works at all levels, whether global, national or local; and for all members of society including governments, businesses, investors, civil society and individuals.

The Prince of Wales finished by highlighting how important it is to act on the opportunity to develop a new economic framework that puts nature’s own ingenious economy and social well–being at the heart of thinking.

As host of the forum, John Haley, CEO of Willis Towers Watson, opened the event, highlighting the insurance market’s commitment to supporting the SDGs. He said: “I am delighted to host the forum here at Willis Towers Watson and welcome The Prince of Wales to share in these important discussions.

“The global goals are all about risk, and Willis Towers Watson’s collective capabilities – and those across the wider industry – play an essential role in enabling governments, business and the wider financial sector to manage that risk.  The goals set out by the Measure What Matters project provide a vital framework that will inform our strategies and create a shared agenda to connect with partners and clients over the next three years.

“I am pleased to see that the global insurance market has united to support the sustainability goals and Willis Towers Watson is proud to join this industry-wide effort.”

Following Mr. Haley’s keynote a panel of industry experts debated the opportunities and risks of the SDGs, including the data requirements and investment required to meet the goals. Panellists included Remy Brand, Global Head of Research, MSCI; Martine Durand, Chief Statistician and Director of Statistics Directorate, OECD; Mo Ibrahim, Founder and Chair, Mo Ibrahim Foundation; and Danny Sriskandarajah, Secretary General and CEO, Civicus.

The forum is the culmination of the three-year MWM project undertaken by His Royal Highness' Accounting for Sustainability project (A4S).