Applying the Sustainable Development Goals to Businesses

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2016 2017
Created Date: 2017
Contributors: Redman, Aaron
Description: Current efforts to drive business Sustainability are improving but still falling short of the transformational impact needed. This paper explores the potential of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to contribute to improved business Sustainability. Research revealed significant challenges including: a disconnect between the design of the SDGs and the needs of businesses, significant measurement difficulties and an already existing momentum to integrate the SDGs without disrupting the status quo. The big opportunity is that the SDGs are a universally agreed upon definition of Sustainability which fully integrates the “social” side. The specificity and structure of the SDGs also ...

This collection includes journal articles, reports, supplementary materials and data from a project investigating if and how the SDGs can be applied to businesses.