The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a framework to guide member states towards a more sustainable future. The Goals cover critical sustainability issues for our planet, from the elimination of poverty and hunger, to the attainment of gender equality.
The UN Commission on Trade and Development estimated that meeting the Goals will require USD 5-7 trillion of investment each year between 2015 and 2030. Alongside government action, the Commission has highlighted the vital role that the private sector must play in support of their attainment.
Our SDG research and analysis enables investors to participate in this process. We focus on how companies contribute to the targets which underpin the Goals, through their products and services, through financing, and in the way they conduct their operations.
The SDGs were developed primarily as goals for governments rather than companies. While many businesses are embracing them, some of the positive, sustainable activities they undertake fall outside the targets associated with the Goals. We aim to capture these under our own positive themes categories.