The Entrepreneurs’ Organization Pledges to Support UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

EO-Driven Initiative Brings Together Guests, Change-Makers and Over 50 EO Representatives from 9 Countries at Commemorative Event
Team Entrepreneurs' Organization at the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals

Alexandria, Virginia, USA (19 September 2017) – The Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), the world’s leading peer-to-peer network of successful business leaders has announced its pledge to support the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that include 17 goals and 169 targets to wipe out poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change by 2030. EO’s pledge to support the SDGs further bolsters its commitment to social entrepreneurship and provides opportunities to impact the world among its global community of entrepreneurs.

This pledge was announced at a commemorative event held yesterday at the UN General Assembly’s main plaza during the 72nd session of the General Assembly. The event was set up by EO New York Chapter President Stephen Distante and Chapter Patron Sergio Fernandez de Cordova. The evening witnessed a confluence of dignitaries and over 50 EO members from Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, India, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Jordan and the USA.

Stephen Distante, EO New York Chapter President

Stephen Distante, EO New York Chapter President

Sergio Fernandez de Cordova, EO New York Chapter Patron

Sergio Fernandez de Cordova, EO New York Chapter Patron

“So many of our members recognize the importance of looking beyond our businesses, making an impact in the communities and the world we live in. In fact, one of our core values is “make a mark.” Through this collaboration, we hope to encourage more entrepreneurs across the world to be truly significant by inspiring them to focus on solving real-world problems through sustainable business development, “said Brian Brault, EO Global Chairman and member of the EO Western New York chapter.

Stephen Distante, EO New York Chapter President further added, “Today is the first step of many positive things to come and is the result of immense hard work put in by our Chapter Patron, Sergio Fernandez de Cordova. EO celebrates 30 years this year, and we believe supporting the UN’s SDGs will bring us closer together as a global organization committed towards changing the world for the better. The EO New York board has chosen SDG #4, ‘Quality Education,’ as a commitment to another of EO's values, ‘Thirst For Learning,’ to provide a community of education for our members to learn and grow, in order to serve the SDGs in a more significant way.”

"Cross-sector collaboration and inclusion is essential for the SDGs to be realized", said William Kennedy, Officer-in-Charge, United Nations Office for Partnerships. "The 17 SDGs not only represent an inspired vision and consensus of 193 UN Member States. They also provide a framework and roadmap to guide entrepreneurs everywhere, as they seek to define the values and higher purpose of their companies in contributing to sustainability and societal well-being. The commitment of EO and its global network of entrepreneurs to support the SDGs represents a tremendous example of business leadership in action and is very much welcomed." 

With its 30th anniversary this year, EO continues to remain committed to transforming the lives of the entrepreneurs who transform the world. The UN and EO have common goals to solve the world’s problems and believe that entrepreneurs can play a huge part in solutions through businesses that truly make a mark on the world.

William Kennedy, Officer-in-Charge United Nations Office-for-Partnerships

William Kennedy, Officer-in-Charge United Nations Office-for-Partnerships

Brian Brault, EO Global Chairman

Brian Brault, EO Global Chairman

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