LAUSANNE, Switzerland , Oct. 24 / CSRwire/ – On October 23rd, 2017, the GAPFRAME (gapframe.org) was among the topics presented to Dialogue 2030, the Swiss platform for implementing Agenda 2030 on the Sustainable Development Goals. Players from the Swiss government, politics, civil society, business and research had the opportunity to see the GAPFRAME reveal the burning issues Switzerland must focus on.
During her keynote speech addressing approaches for the implementation of Agenda 2030, Dr. Katrin Muff demonstrated how the GAPFRAME translated the SDGs into relevant challenges and opportunities for the Swiss nation. For a country, which appears to be doing well in many areas of sustainability, this demonstration was particularly relevant. Equal opportunity, sustainable consumption, biodiversity clean energy, carbon quotient are the key challenges facing Switzerland. A deep dive to the underlying indicators exposed exactly where the Swiss efforts need to be concentrated in order to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals.
In her co-authored publication for The International Journal of Management Education (July 2017), Dr. Muff highlights Switzerland’s GAPFRAME results as an example of how the strong sustainability approach ensures countries like Switzerland, which are doing well in quite a few areas, cannot sacrifice one sustainable dimension for the sake of another. An example of its abysmal results in the issue of Equal Opportunity shows how the GAPFRAME indicators point out the critical areas: challenges with the number of women on boards, female representation in parliament, gender pay gap and income distribution are serious issues. ‘This is precisely the purpose of the Gap Frame: to highlight the biggest gap for a country to focus on. We anticipate that measuring the gap can motivate a country to quantum leap from where it is to where it needs to be.’
Speaking after the conference Dr. Muff said, ‘it has been a great honor to bring the GAPFRAME to the table at such an influential forum. This is exactly what we hoped for when we started the journey of building the GAPFRAME. Today’s debate focused on identifying the major challenges and opportunities for Switzerland in its efforts to achieve the objectives of the 2030 Agenda at both national and international level and the GAPFRAME provided a clear view of the priority issues facing the nation.’
About the GAPFRAME
The GAPFRAME is an easy-to-use data visualization tool designed to give practical support to everyone working towards a sustainable and safe future.
It is the culmination of 18 months’ work by a group of Sustainability Thought Leaders, driven by the desire to make it easier to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals. The GAPFRAME translates the 17 Global Goals into relevant and measurable issues for each nation and presents them in a visual multi-dimensional world map.
Notes to Editors
- All data in the GAPFRAME comes from trustworthy and publicly available sources.
- A comprehensive explanation of our methodology is available here.
- The online tool, GAPFRAME.org, offers the ability to view the data in multiple ways; by country, by region, by dimensions, and by issue.
More about the GAPFRAME
- Watch Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever, introduce the GAPFRAME at the UNPRME Global Forum – July 2017 (Video 2 mins)
- Short Animated Video about the GAPFRAME (1.3 mins)
- Watch Dr.Katrin Muff, explain how the GAPFRAME can be used to translate the SDG’s into business opportunities (mini-lecture 17 mins)
- Article published in The International Journal of Management Education – The Gap Frame – Enriching the SDG Compass by translating the SDGs into relevant national Grand Challenges for strategic business opportunities
- Read the article published by the Swiss Federal Office of the Environment & Nature – Step by step towards a sustainable world
- GAPFRAME Report – July 2017
For more information or to arrange an interview or demo of the GAPFRAME online tool, please contact:
Belinda Sadouk: +41 21 619 06 66 or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org