Corporations are increasingly building sustainability into their business strategies, and linking outcomes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as seen in the 7,500 companies issuing annual sustainability or corporate responsibility reports in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative. Given this evolution in corporate thinking and action, the pertinent questions are “why” and “how.”
To investigate, we studied 40 companies with a strong record on sustainability. A desktop review provided a foundation and structured interviews with executives of 14 of the companies provided detail and nuance. Here is what we learned.
This article is available at https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-front/2019/01/08/how-corporations-are-approaching-sustainability-and-the-global-goals/.
George Ingram is a senior fellow at Global Economy and Development. Mai Nguyen is a curriculum and learning designer at 2U. Milan Bala is a masters candidate at Georgetown School of Foreign Service.