Universality and the SDGs: a business perspective

Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDGF)

The Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDGF) is a development mechanism created in 2014 by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with funding from the Government of Spain, having the aim of promoting sustainable development through joint, multi-dimensional programmes.

Now that a year has passed since the approval of Agenda 2030, and with work towards the Sustainable Development Goals in progress, the SDG Fund, supported by its Private Sector Advisory group and the UN Global Compact, describes in its new report “Universality and the SDGs; a business perspective”, the different viewpoints of the companies currently working to drive Agenda 2030 and its 17 SDGs.

The report contains interviews and inputs from leading figures in the private sector through workshops in Africa, Latin America, Europe and the US, with over 100 firms representing various regions and industry sectors.

The report provides information as to how companies are addressing development goals and indicates that many firms have acknowledged that they are still in the process of understanding the depth of SDGs and deciding how best to implement them; others have gone ahead with integrating SDGs into their action and business plans and in some cases are already close to achieving one or more goals.

One of the most valuable conclusions of the report is the description of a series of straightforward measures, such as technical training, which would qualify many more companies to sign up to the SDG Agenda and speed up progress towards these important and ambitious global targets for social development and the environment.


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