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Raising the Bar: Rethinking the role of business in the Sustainable Development Goals

Raising the Bar: Rethinking the role of business in the Sustainable Development Goals
32 pages

Authors
Agarwal, Namit
Gneiting, Uwe
Mhlanga, Ruth

Publication date
13 Feb 2017

ISBN
978-0-85598-889-0

Publisher
Oxfam

Type
Discussion paper

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development gives business a significant role to play in efforts to achieve the SDGs, based on its ability to invest and innovate. However, for companies to truly contribute, they must move beyond current forms of engagement, abandon a narrow focus on the SDGs as an opportunity to increase corporate profits and embrace their wider responsibilities to the societies in which they operate. This paper explores ways in which companies can provide more meaningful contributions to governments’ commitments to reach the Sustainable Development Goals.

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