Supporting young talent in contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals

UNLEASH and Implement Consulting Group

20 December 2023

For the past two years, Implement has collaborated closely with UNLEASH as a reliable implementation and knowledge partner. Together, we have joined forces to empower the upcoming cohort of change-makers, providing them with the skills necessary to initiate significant and lasting change in their communities, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

UNLEASH Innovation Labs 

UNLEASH is a non-profit organisation committed to mobilising young talent to accelerate positive change in line with the SDGs.

At the heart of UNLEASH’s transformative mission lies the annual Innovation Labs – a global platform bringing together over 1,000 young people from more than 130 countries around the world to collectively develop innovative solutions to address pressing global challenges. Originating in Copenhagen in 2017, the Labs have expanded to countries worldwide, including China, India, Singapore, Greenland and Rwanda.

Implement collaborates with UNLEASH, contributing expertise and guidance to facilitate the innovation process. During the week-long Innovation Labs, the innovation process unfolds through problem framing, ideation, prototyping and testing, culminating in the preparation for the pitch as well as an outlook for implementing their solutions to create real change.

The Solutions Festival becomes a stage for young talent to showcase their inventive solutions, fostering a vibrant exchange of ideas and celebrating diversity. A pivotal moment in the Labs is the Pitching Showcase, where the winning teams from different SDG tracks articulate their solutions and receive feedback from a distinguished panel.

Beyond the Labs, UNLEASH extends support through programmes such as UNLEASH Plus, empowering teams to develop and scale their solutions.

The role of Implement

Implement has been working with UNLEASH for two years as a trusted implementation and knowledge partner. We have worked hand in hand to equip the next generation of change agents with the skills they need to drive impactful change in their communities.

During the seven-day journey of the Innovation Labs, our consultants act as facilitators, guiding the teams through the innovation process, fostering creativity and acting as catalysts for transformative change. This hands-on experience equips young people with the skills to become innovators in their local communities.

Our collaboration reinforces a shared commitment with UNLEASH to develop innovators for positive and scalable change, in line with the SDGs. Our consultants have a strong focus on human-centred design principles and strategically contribute insights into the various SDG tracks, ensuring the quality and impact of the solutions.

Our collaboration with UNLEASH extends beyond the Labs, as we aim to not only support participants during the Innovation Labs but also contribute to lasting impact and positive transformation aligned with the SDGs. Implement and UNLEASH have the same DNA and a shared aspiration: to empower humans to change lives, organisations and society. Our strong belief in inclusivity and capability building underlines our commitment to making a meaningful difference.

The values of UNLEASH

Implement as a partner to accelerate the SDGs

Based on our experience from the UNLEASH partnership and many other sustainability projects, Implement is a strong partner for companies aligning with the SDGs and sustainability.

Our services seamlessly integrate with the SDGs, making us the best implementation partner for those committed to positive environmental, social and governance (ESG) impact. 

Going beyond compliance, our sustainability strategies, including double materiality assessments and climate scenario analyses, prioritise economic, environmental and social considerations that directly contribute to the SDGs, such as responsible consumption and climate action.

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