New research to examine private sector role in Sustainable Development Goals

November 14, 2018
Women employees at work in CBC Fashions in Tiruppur, Tamil Nadu, India.

International Labour Organization

Women employees at work in CBC Fashions in Tiruppur, Tamil Nadu, India.

IDRC is launching an initiative to promote practices among private companies in India that can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Adopted by United Nations member states in 2015, these goals provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet. But the SDGs can only be achieved if private companies and investors are able to promote decent job creation and better economic opportunities for women and youth, and to address climate risks and opportunities.

The research will focus on sustainable and inclusive business models for supply chains in sectors such as agribusiness, mining and minerals, information and communications technologies, electronics, and textiles and apparel. The Aston India Centre for Applied Research leads the three-year project, in collaboration with the Centre for Responsible Business, India. 

The project team will study specific examples from private business, paying attention to the business case for contributions to the SDGs and accountability measures. The team will also bring together a variety of actors in each of the sectors it chooses to champion action based on research results.

The launch will take place at India and Sustainability Standards 2018, the largest conference on responsible business and sustainable practices in the region. Soyoung Park, the Deputy High Commissioner for Canada to India, will speak of the initiative in the first plenary session as she outlines Canada’s engagement to help businesses contribute more effectively to the ambitious SDG agenda.

Learn more about the new initiative Promoting Responsible Value Chains in India for an Effective Contribution of the Private Sector to the SDGs.