Sustainable Buddy Initiative

Corporations in Collaboration for Sustainability: A Learning Platform


A Sustainable Solution

Sustainable Buddy Initiative, SBI develop and facilitate inter-organisational strategic learning processes and tools grounded in Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.  Our work consists of establishing Agenda 2030 as a strategic cross-sector collaboration and guide for social, economic/business and environmental innovation.

In article 67 of Agenda 2030 the UN calls on ALL businesses to apply creativity and innovation to solve sustainable development challenges.
The bottom line is that we have entered a critical time of change and sustainability is becoming a norm. The better we understand how sustainability is aligned with and good for business - and society as a whole, the more equipped we will be at meeting new challenges and innovate for the future.

The future is uncertain and emerging. Our old methods of controlling our destiny is failing us. We must therefore meet the emerging future with fresh ideas and new inventions. In our learning methods you will discover the 'new' from the process - not from a known outcome.
Our innovative learning processes include:

Buddy Process - DNA Process - System Solutions - SDG proofing - Leadership for Sustainability - Seminars and Workshops - Games.

The Buddy Process - Innovative learning for all sectors
Small and medium companies (SMEs
) represent the cradle of our communities but are mostly excluded from sustainable development due to the lack of resources.
Large companies (MNCs) need to considerably increase their efforts through learning and innovation in order to meet rapid changes in a world where sustainability is becoming the norm.
Public institutions and Civil society. We need to accelerate the understanding of sustainable lifestyle, thinking and norms to the wider society. Implementing education and awareness grounded in Agenda 2030 into all types of organisations is key. 

In order to meet the goals in Agenda 2030 and sustain a strong, healthy marketplace in the future, SBI has created a collaborative processes  and tools to advance sustainable development in ALL types of organisations.

An inter-organisational strategic learning platform 
The SBI process is closely linked to Open Innovation as we provide a platform for organisations, together with experts in the sustainability field to interact, learn and develop new avenues. We focus on the strategic learning effect of collaboration through a buddy constellation between organisations. The parties gain value creation with knowledge enhancement and collective competence building in a process around sustainability. 

Our main goals are the following
  • We look to increase the number of SMEs participating in the Sustainability process by inviting them to a pro bono scenario.
  • We will help companies and organisations with an existing sustainability profile to do even better, by deepening their work through a mutual journey of an inter-organisational learning process. 
  • We have created a platform for collaboration and  learning that aids the wider society in developing measures for a sustainable future.

Sustainable Buddy Initiative (SBI), is a global "for-benefit" project using collaborative learning solution and other tools - to spread sustainable development, thinking, strategies, reporting and implementation. 
 

"My spontaneous reaction; I love Sustainable Buddy Initiative. Even though Oatly’s come a long way, we must constantly deepen our efforts and dare to go beyond our own sector to learn more when it comes to sustainability"    Toni Petersson, CEO at Oatly

“One big problem is the absence of platforms for collaboration, where actors can meet, exchange knowledge and further learn from each other”.      Sara Lindstrand, Senior Manager of Sustainability at ÅF, Sweden

“These are complex questions that demand collaboration from all sectors, institutions, government and business in order to create better results”.          Filip Ekvall, CEO at H&M, Sweden

"Tackling climate change requires transformational changes to the broader systems in which we operate. It’s critical that organisations from all sectors work in collaboration, partnering on projects and initiatives to learn from each other and take action." Paul Polman, Unilever