• A shared ambition from the CEOs of leading Nordic enterprises.

    It all starts with "together".

  • Businesses must help speed up the realisation of our Global Goals

    Change starts at the top. Nordic CEOs are committed to take lead.

    Realising the UN SDGs is a business imperative

    The world needs new business models that will drive the transition to a 21st century economy aligned with the ethical, social and environmental priorities of our time.


    CEOs of some of the Nordic region’s largest listed companies have joined hands in a common commitment to integrate the UN Sustainable Development Goals in their respective business strategies, and create a forum for exchange of experiences and exploration of shared initiatives. All with the ambition to speed up the realization of the world’s most important “to do” list.

    A global platform built around a Nordic approach

    The initiative also creates a platform for the Nordic Prime Ministers to engage directly with CEOs on how to move from sustainability as a compliance exercise to purpose-driven companies. A key objective is to explore ways to deliver more impact through collaboration.


    Nordic companies are built on shared values of inclusion, equality and long-termism. The Nordic CEOs believe these characteristics can help advance and accelerate the collective efforts outlined by the UN SDGs and the Paris Climate Accord.

  • Who we are

    The CEOs and companies that share the commitment.

    Birgitte Bonnesen

    “Swedbank, as engaged believers in collaboration, stands behind this important initiative. Our aim is to be a contributing part in accelerating the transformation of the society towards a more sustainable future. This network could strengthen national and Nordic agendas towards fulfilling the SDGs, and together tackle some of the underlying barriers, especially within areas such as climate, sustainable finance, gender and equality, education and innovation.”


    Svein Richard Brandtzæg

    “We have already incorporated the UN Sustainable Development Goals into our decision-making process, and welcome this initiative as part of the collective effort needed to realize our common ambitions for a better future.”



    Sigve Brekke

    “Technology creates new opportunities to solve massive challenges connected to health, education and inequality. Businesses and the public sector play a key role in facilitating positive impact on society – that’s why we need close and constructive collaboration across sectors and industries. Several of the major Nordic companies have acknowledged this and, as Telenor, aligned their business strategies to one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We want to be ambassadors of change and encourage more CEOs and business leaders to join in. This isn’t about charity, it’s about facilitating long-term sustainable growth.”



    Johan Dennelind

    “The Nordics is not just where we do business, it is our home. Coming together as CEO’s and working across sectors to achieve the SDG’s and build a more sustainable future is essential for citizens, employees and customers. I am proud that Telia Company is leading from the front and this is just the beginning. Further collaboration with our Nordic Governments is essential in achieving more.”



    Birna Einarsdòttir

    “Companies have a profound effect on their community, which is why it is vital that they operate responsibly and make a positive impact. We see numerous opportunities in joining forces with other firms in the Nordic region and working with governmental authorities towards the achievement of the UN Global Goals. Not only is this important to our environment and society, but it will come to determine companies’ competitiveness in the future.”


    Mats Granryd

    “The ability to meet the ambitious targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals requires visionary leadership, and I am honoured to be part of this commitment by Nordic business leaders in putting the SDGs at the very top of their agenda. As we enter a fourth industrial revolution, sustainability becomes an even more critical element of our business – as well as a business opportunity - and we must continually deliver value to society and respond to the many challenges facing our world.”



    Rickard Gustafson

    “SAS takes ambitious steps to reduce the negative impact from aviation through innovation, smart solutions and major investments in technology, without compromising the important role of the aircraft in our society – enabling people to meet and contribute to value creation and growth. With reference to UN Sustainable Development Goals #9, #12 and #13, SAS will reduce CO2 emissions by 25% by 2030, and use advanced biofuels equivalent to all SAS domestic air traffic.”


    Svein Tore Holsether

    “I applaud this joint Nordic initiative. Collaboration is indeed the magic formula for reaching the UN sustainability goals. We learn again and again, that through collaboration we achieve results that exceed our imagination. For instance, thanks to a joint effort between Yara, Kongsberg, SINTEF and Kalmar, supported by the Norwegian government, we can soon launch the world´s first autonomous and emission free container ship. This we would never have achieved alone.”



    Anders Runevad

    ”Vestas’ vision is to be the global leader in sustainable energy solutions and we are therefore proud to join Nordic CEOs for a Sustainable Future to support UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and drive sustainable development towards 2030. As part of integrating the Sustainable Development Goals into our business, we focus on six of the Sustainable Development Goals, with goal number seven of affordable and clean energy being the natural center.”


    Rajeev Suri

    “This collaboration comes at precisely the right time as we enter a new era of profound change driven by technology. Working with industry partners and prime ministers across the Nordic region, we can leverage our native strengths in technology, industry and sustainability to become a powerful voice for advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and work to ensure that the promised benefits of the Fourth Industrial Revolution are realized by all.”


    Eldar Sætre

    “To be successful in the coming decades, companies must be part of the response to the great challenges facing the world. We are inspired and guided in our activities by the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and believe collaboration between governments and companies committed to long-term sustainable value creation will help make change happen.”


  • Our Commitment

    The letter submitted to Nordic Prime Ministers

    Dear Nordic Prime Ministers,

    We, the Chief Executive Officers of Equinor, the GSMA, Hydro, Íslandsbanki, Nokia, SAS, Swedbank, Telenor Group, Telia Company, Vestas and Yara International place societal value at the centre of how we run our businesses.


    The adoption of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Accord offer opportunities to embrace more sustainable and inclusive economic models. We also witness a changing tide amongst the mainstream investor community, supporting companies that demonstrate value to society beyond profits.

      Recognising that change starts at the top, we, as business leaders:

      • Commit to responsible business practices and align our companies’ strategy to the SDGs, representing both a commercial opportunity and societal imperative. Our companies recognise the need to build sustainable, long-term and purpose-driven goals into their operating models.
      • Believe that the business community is well placed to be a key partner for sustainable development.
      • Will be ambassadors of change and believe that if enough leaders act collectively, we can inspire others to act. We know that to achieve the SDGs it is necessary to work across sectors to cross-fertilise ideas and experience. We will share learnings around measuring performance as well as impact.

      Recognising that the support of all stakeholders is necessary and will be a catalyst for companies to achieve more, we call on:

      • CEOs and leaders of organisations, both public and private, to support efforts and join where appropriate calls and measures to achieve the SDGs as part of a modern economy
      • Governments to reward and support those companies who deliver on aligning their companies’ core strategy to the SDGs
      • Investors, who have publicly called for and supported companies to work towards being ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) leaders, to cooperate with business leaders in measuring impact
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      The secretariat of the Nordic CEO initiative rotates annually
      and is currently with Telenor Group, Norway.

      Telenor Group, Snarøyveien 30, 1360 Fornebu, Norway