The Role of the Business Sector with Respect to the SDGs

This chapter explores the contribution of the business sector to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through three different angles. First, it reviews the academic literature on the role of firms in the provision of social goods, and their incentives to engage in such investments. Second, it gathers and describes examples of firms’ actions related to the SDGs. Finally, it presents evidence on firms’ prioritisation, actions and planning related to SDGs using the United Nations Global Compact survey data.