goal 16

Targets

16.1)   Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere

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Teaming up with the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative (WPDI), Ericsson promotes peace in conflict-prone regions through youth engagement. Ericsson and WPDI train young individuals in peaceful ways to facilitate change in their communities. Complimenting WPDI’s training in conflict prevention and reconciliation, Ericsson provides ICT training that helps youth stay connected and share their experiences while developing ICT skills for future employment. The program operates in South Sudan, Uganda and Mexico.  In Tijuana, Mexico, WPDI launched the Harmonizer Program in 2014 with the hopes of curbing urban violence and conflict. Thirty-five Ericsson volunteers in Mexico are training the program participants in ICT and social media. To date, 34 youth have graduated with new skills in conflict resolution, leadership, and ICT usage. Harmonizer will expand to Mexico’s Chiapas state this year.

16.2)   End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence and torture against children 

16.3)   Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels, and ensure equal access to justice for all

Baker & McKenzie, the world’s geographically largest law firm with offices in 44 countries, partnered with the UNGC, and corporate leaders such as Unilever, Nestle, Lexis Nexis and others to develop and publish a Business for the Rule of Law Framework document.  This Framework was launched at the UNGC Business Leaders Summit in June 2015 as a complement to government action. It was the culmination of global consultation engaging 400 senior representatives in 20 countries, government officials, legal practitioners, academics and civil society.  The Framework provides guidance on how business can respect and support the rule of law in a way business can relate to. It provides a business case, practical examples and guidance on how to get started including approximately 100 case examples.  It is a practical tool that any business can use.  As a second phase, Baker & Mckenzie's team of corporate leaders are planning activity around the globe to promote the Framework within the business community. 

16.4)   By 2030 significantly reduce illicit financial flows, strengthen recovery and return of stolen assets, and combat all forms of organized crime 

Pirelli is committed to transparency in its Tax Governance approach and its tax position. Public statements and disclosures on its tax situation and tax payments are made in accordance with the relevant domestic regulations, as well as the applicable reporting requirements according to international accounting standards and other international rules (such as IFRS, OECD Guidelines). Pirelli refrains from the utilization of any secret offshore jurisdictions or tax havens for tax avoidance purposes. 

16.5)   Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all its forms

16.6)   Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels

GE works actively to support stronger rule of law around the world. Key areas of focus include anticorruption; legal and administrative transparency and predictability; independent judiciaries; and fair and effective dispute resolution.  In Myanmar in particular, GE has worked to build capacity for public officials and private sector leaders by supporting training on competition policy, transparency and procurement practices.  GE has also trained civil society advisers on rule-of-law concepts to prepare them to engage with government officials on policy matters. These initiatives will also include training government officials involved in public procurement.

16.7)    Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels 

16.8)    Broaden and strengthen the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance

16.9)   By 2030 provide legal identity for all including birth registration

16.10)   Ensure public access to information and protect freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements 

Means of Implementation

16.a)    Strengthen relevant national institutions, including through international cooperation, for building capacities at all levels, in particular in developing countries, for preventing violence and combating terrorism and crime 

Microsoft developed a tool – PhotoDNA – which creates something like a fingerprint of an image which can be compared with the signatures of other images to find copies. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and online service providers such as Microsoft and Facebook currently use PhotoDNA to help find, report and eliminate some of the worst known images of child pornography online. The Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit has partnered to make Microsoft PhotoDNA image matching technology available to law enforcement at no cost to help enhance their child sex abuse investigations, particularly through its integration into the Child Exploitation Tracking System (CETS), a collaborative global law enforcement program which helps law enforcement agencies follow hundreds of suspects at a time and eliminate duplication, making it more efficient for the agencies to follow up on leads, collect evidence and build cases against suspected child pornographers. CETS is currently used by agencies in Australia, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States.

16.b)   Promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development and protect fundamental freedoms

Microsoft has publicly advocated for marriage equality in places in which it has facilities and employees. It has joined various major local and global companies to publicly support the passage of legislation recognizing marriage for same-sex couples, including in its home country in North America and globally. Such efforts included publicizing the business case for supporting marriage equality on its blog, writing letters of support and submitting a ‘friends of the court’ brief to the Supreme Court of the country to strike down state bans on same-sex marriage. The company’s actions are based on the conviction that discrimination of any kind is a business issue affecting morale and productivity and the company’s access to talent.