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Improving Road Safety Outcomes: The Private Sector Contribution
January 15, 2020 @ 8:30 am – 10:40 am EST
Official pre-event to the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety
Hosted within the Annual SuM4All Consortium Meeting in Washington D.C.The Decade of Action has taught us that saving five million lives and avoiding 50 million serious injuries will require more significant commitments and greater action from everyone and that improving road safety is a sustainable development imperative that contributes to equitable improvements in social, environmental, and economic indicators. For the private sector, road safety is no longer just a risk that can severely impact business but a value and a key pillar of a vision that sees companies fully engaged in this activity with their employees and with the communities to actively contribute to the common good. The “Can Do” attitude and the expertise of the private sector in delivering sustainable solutions are precious munitions in fighting road deaths and injuries in support of the SDGs. Often solicited only for financial contributions, the private sector has a lot more to offer. There are several areas of opportunity where companies can make meaningful contributions to road safety outcomes for their employees, contractors, and communities at large. Through innovation, thought leadership, early adoption and development of technology, marketing, and training, companies are uniquely placed to raise road safety standards and behaviours. This session aims at demonstrating that by harnessing the power of corporate resources and presence in our communities, the improvements in road safety driven by the private sector can extend well beyond CSR initiatives and company fleet operations. It will do so by providing concrete examples of actions and partnerships initiated/managed/spurred by the private sector and show how – while tackling road safety – these partnerships help deliver also on SDGs 3, 5, 8, 9, 11,12, 13, 17. We have a golden opportunity to inspire a strong and renewed worldwide commitment to safer roads for all. Session Objectives:
- Provide concrete examples of actions and partnerships initiated/managed/spurred by the private sector in various parts of the world and show how – while tackling road safety – these partnerships deliver also on other SDGs targets.
- Provide guidance on how to build up an initiative/partnership and ensure long-term sustainability and impact.
- Inspire action and commitment from other private sector companies and to on-board more companies outside the field of transportation.
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