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The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the Global Development Agenda represent a valuable guide regarding the issues that are relevant to the survival of the human species and that help build a shared vision of the future. In order to address the challenges presented by this wide spectrum of issues, it is necessary to call on the managerial capacities of businesspeople and their teams; at the same time, these challenges represent an area of opportunity for businesses to address new demands and markets. We are in a time of change and there are new paths for remaining competitive and relevant in this modern context.

In order to facilitate the understanding and commitment of the business sector to the Global Agenda for Sustainable Development and its SDGs, INNOVE is producing a series of publications – beginning with this one – that offer conceptual tools, case studies and analysis suited to the specific characteristics and contexts of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) located in countries with emerging economies. This first document presents central concepts that respond to the question: Why and how can businesses contribute to the Global Agenda for Sustainable Development?

The first part presents the Global Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 SDGs. The second part addresses the role of business in regard to the risks and opportunities that this new context entails and examines a conceptual framework of possibilities and opportunities for contributing to the SDGs.

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The SDGs are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to integrate the worlds of development organisations and the private sector under one umbrella, using the same language and working towards a shared set of goals. Innove’s concise guide contributes to the successful take-up of the SDGs by the private sector by breaking down the SDGs complexity and making them actionable for small and medium enterprises in Latin America.

Davide Fiedler, Manager, Inclusive Business Action Network. Germany.

The SDGs are the navigation system for reaching the future we desire; they serve as a compass indicating our direction, and offer a map for measuring progress along the route. INNOVE has presented us with a very practical guide explaining how to use the SDGs, in order to help your business find its path. At the same time, this contributes to the future well-being of your clients and employees, generating sustainable economic value in the market.

Ernst Ligteringen, Sustainability Consultant. Former Chief Executive of the Global Reporting Initiative. The Netherlands/Colombia.

This is an essential document for those who are interested in understanding the importance of the business sector’s role in the transition toward sustainable development.

Fernando Aragón Durand, Ph.D,International consultant on climate change adaptation in Latin America. Mexico.

For actors in the international cooperation sector, and especially for initiatives like Emerging Markets Sustainability Dialogues (EMSD ), which seeks to facilitate dialogue and understanding between different actors, this document from INNOVE is a tool and also an inspiration for the design and pursuit of new practical ways of achieving sustainable development at a global level.

Diego Angelino, Emerging Markets Sustainability Dialogues. México

The SDGs are the global roadmap for advancing toward a sustainable development model. Businesses should understand that their participation is crucial and that it will not be possible to reach these goals if they don’t play an active role in this process. We thus see this document produced by INNOVE as very opportune, since we are certain that it will help businesses to navigate the challenges and opportunities associated with the effective implementation of the SDGs.

Eduardo Atehortua Barrero, Sustainability Manager, Deloitte & Touche. Colombia


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