Investors, governments, and other stakeholders are increasingly demanding that companies demonstrate sustainable strategies aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This guide seeks to support companies looking to integrate the SDGs into their financial strategy and business model. A credible SDG strategy allows a company to clearly communicate its impact, facilitates easier access to the growing market for SDG financing, and connects investors with a pipeline of potential opportunities to address the SDG investment gap. This publication is available in English and Spanish
To illustrate how business contributes to the implementation of the suggested priority areas, the UN Global Compact – guided by Global Compact LEAD –developed a series of “executive briefs.” This briefing series outlines the critical role business has to play in achieving global sustainability goals. The UN Global Compact especially encourages Government and UN representatives to review these briefs to learn more about the willingness of the business community to support the efforts of Governments and civil society in creating a more sustainable and equitable world.
This resource provides an overview of how corporate citizenship links directly to three fundamental functions of boards and their directors’ duties to the companies and shareowners they serve: Protecting stakeholder rights and interests, Managing risk and, Creating long-term business value.
Held in New York on 19-20 September 2013, the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2013: Architects of a Better World brought together 1,200 chief executives with leaders from civil society, Government and the United Nations to unveil the Business Engagement Architecture to align and scale up business action in support of sustainable development priorities. The Summary Report provides an overview of the Leaders Summit's high-level corporate sustainability strategy discussions and the strategic recommendations and action imperatives for the future of the initiative produced at the Leaders Summit.
Provides an overview of the current and potential role of institutional investors, companies, banks and foundations in the design and implementation of a financing strategy for global sustainability.
It contains business perspectives and recommendations in three areas: determining the core of a post-2015 agenda, including suggested sustainable development goals and targets; how to engage business and investors towards sustainable development goals; and recommending ways that Governments can advance inclusive and sustainable markets. It is the culmination of UN Global Compact consultations and surveys with thousands of businesses in all major regions.
Explains how the UN Global Compact calls on businesses to take action, and its place in the history of the modern corporate sustainability movement. The report then explores the role of the Global Compact in driving change by setting out 16 findings across three areas: 1.corporate practices; 2. the corporate operating environment; and 3. dominant worldviews. It concludes by setting out three pathways for the future – recommendations for how we can work together to achieve the vision of a sustainable and inclusive global economy, and what the Global Compact can do to scale its impact.
Takes stock of the contribution of UN Global Compact business participants towards sustainable development. The report assesses progress in terms of how companies are taking action on the Ten Principles and the Sustainable Development Goals, and features ten interviews with disruptive business leaders. It also highlights ten focus areas for the future where further business engagement is needed.
Presents examples of how business associations can and are contributing to sustainable development. This collection of case examples demonstrates how business associations can help their members advance sustainable development through information and knowledge diffusion; capacity building and education; technical standards and specifications; policy advocacy and public affairs; and fostering and brokering partnerships.
Addresses the opportunities companies have to generate business value; the priority actions that are common across industries; and the key enablers of success.
This paper explores recent developments and best practices in supply chain transparency, supplier engagement, and responses to shifts in trade and globalization.
A Practice Note by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) seeking to help companies increase their understanding of the issue in a number of key areas.