Business and the United Nations

Introductory Remarks by Jane Nelson, Director, Harvard Kennedy School, CSRI
Panel Discussion, 10 November, 2015


Speakers included:

Paloma Duran, Director, SDG-Fund
Michael O’Neill, BERA Director, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Director of External Relations and Advocacy
Graham Baxter, Business Fights Poverty
H.E. Maria Emma Mejia, Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations
Tonye Cole, Co-Founder and Group CEO, Sahara Group
Gustav Löven, Global Social Sustainability Manager, H&M

Overview of the SDG Funds Private Sector Advisory Group


For more information on the Private Sector Advisory Group, including a list of members, click here.



The scale and ambition of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) require us to be bold and creative in how we work together to achieve them. A great deal has been written and learnt about how business can engage as an equal partner in this endeavour.

This report provides a practical framework for how to engage effectively with business in support of the SDGs. It provides a business perspective on what works, what does not and what more can be done by the UN to harness the full potential of what business can bring.

It draws primarily on the perspectives of the 13 member companies of the SDG Fund’s Private Sector Advisory Group, but also distils insights from the extensive analysis that has been done on the theory and practice of business and sustainable development, including by our own organisations. We hope that the report will serve as a useful resource for those who see the SDGs as a fresh opportunity to engage business as a true partner in development. There is much work to be done by all leaders in all sectors and all countries.



Below is a collection of company case examples and perspectives from members of the SDG Fund’s Private Sector Advisory Group.


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