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CEO Guide to the Sustainable Development Goals

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) today launched the CEO Guide to the SDGs - a new resource aimed at galvanizing engagement from global business leaders in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).(CEO- Chief Executive Officer)

The CEO Guide to the SDGs sets out clear actions that CEOs can take to begin to align their organizations with the SDGs and plot a course towards unlocking the value they represent.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out a framework of 17 Goals and 169 targets to tackle the world’s most pressing social, economic, and enviromental challenges in the lead-up to 2030.

While ultimately it is governments who are being asked to deliver the SDGs, the simple fact is that this critical agenda cannot be realized without effective engagement by the private sector.

Business has a critical role to play as:

  • a source of finance;
  • a driver of innovation and technology;
  • an engine of economic growth and employment

As much as the SDGs need business, long-term business success also hinges on the realization of the SDGs. The Business & Sustainable Development Commission, which is led by over 30 business and civil society leaders, has produced compelling research mapping the economic prize that could be available to business it the SDGs are achieved. It’s Better Business, Better World report points to market opportunities of at least $12 trillion a year that could be unlocked by 2030.

From a business perspective, it is important to understand the implications of the SDGs across four key pillars:

There are a number of actions that you can take to align your organization with the SDGs and plot a course towards unlocking the value they represent.