The special UN Global Compact Academy series on business and COVID-19 took a trip around the world to spotlight perspectives on leadership in a global crisis across six regions. Throughout the sessions, participants called for a strong multilateral approach to lead the world out of this crisis. Each session emphasized the importance of blending regional efforts to coordinate sustainable and locally-led solutions to deliver the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The impact of COVID-19 is multi-faceted and presents an opportunity for the private sector to redefine its role as a responsible force for good. This involves flexibility, humility and adaptation, including thinking outside of the box to strengthen multilateralism and south-south cooperation. As businesses are faced with the challenge of protecting workers and ensuring continuity, they are encouraged to explore new opportunities for impact investing and use technology to integrate regional efforts to recover better.