In September 2015, all 193 Member States of the United Nations adopted a plan for achieving a better future for all – laying out a path over the next 15 years to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, tackle climate change and protect our planet. At the heart of “Agenda 2030” are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which clearly define the world we want – applying to all nations and leaving no one behind.
The new Global Goals result from a process that has been more inclusive than ever, with Governments involving business, civil society and citizens from the outset.
The Sustainable Development Goals provide a powerful aspiration for improving our world – laying out where we collectively need to go and how to get there. Fulfilling these ambitions will take an unprecedented effort by all sectors in society – and business has to play a very important role in the process.
At ICV, we serve the socially conscious entrepreneur who is committed to achieving the SDGs.
More than ever, we need business to be purposeful and pro-active in helping to ensure stability and drive social and economic transformation.
Responsible business and investment – rooted in universal principless – will be essential to achieving transformational change through the SDGs. For companies, successful implementation will strengthen the enabling environment for doing business and building markets around the world.
Businesses can also apply innovation and creativity to proactively provide solutions to poverty where they operate. Particularly through inclusive business models by developing innovative products and services to better serve communities affected by poverty, and leveraging the unique perspectives of the poor as consumers, employees, entrepreneurs.
The United Nations Global Impact is the World’s Largest Corporate Sustainability Initiative
Businesses are achieving greater good. UN Global Compact participants across industries are changing the way they operate to implement responsible practices and developing innovative solutions to address poverty and inequality, and support education, health and peace, to name just a few areas.
“The moment you discover in life that it’s not about yourself, that it is about investing in others, I think you’re entering a steadier state to be a great leader.”
– Paul Polman
At ICV, we serve family offices and institutional investors who seek to invest in the businesses that are achieving the SDGs.
Over the next twenty years, the greatest transfer of wealth will take place, with the world’s wealthiest expected to transfer more than $30 trillion to their children and grandchildren.
With the inheritance of unprecedented wealth comes enormous responsibility – the responsibility to take global action for global results and to move our people and our planet towards a sustainable future.
To answer the call, this vibrant next generation, 93% of millennials, will focus on social and environmental impact as key to their investment decisions.
With social impact investing assets on the rise, ICV is connecting investors with the leaders of businesses that are doing well by doing good.
This is critical as, according to the Business and Sustainable Development Commission, achieving the SDGs in just four key areas – food and agriculture, cities, energy and materials, and health and well-being – could create at least $12 trillion, worth over 10% of today’s GDP. For the companies that are achieving the SDGs in these four economic systems, it could mean job creation for nearly 400 million people.
We hope you will join us as we mobilize capital for the highest good of all people and our planet.
These Business and SDGs resources are curated with the help of our educational partner AIM2Flourish, the world’s first higher-education curriculum championing the Sustainable Development Goals.
Sustainable Development Goals Introduction
Business and the SDGs
Engaging with the Private Sector
UN SDGs Progress Reports and Articles
UN SDGs App
SDGs and Cities
Some of the most exciting SDGs action is centered on cities and urban areas. Here are some resources to learn more:
Other SDGs Learning Resources