The Strategy aims to generate attractive investment returns and positive social and environmental impacts – particularly in emerging markets – through engagements focused on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are an ambitious, universal set of objectives agreed by UN member states. We believe that there are compelling opportunities to create such change and long-term value among small- and mid-cap businesses, many of which are not typical engagement targets of either shareholders or NGOs, yet whose operations and supply chains provide rich potential for improvement and the direct access required for successful engagement.
What are the SDGs?
The SDGs are a universal set of goals, targets and indicators for global development. They serve as a blueprint for significantly changing the world — by ending global poverty, safeguarding the planet and aiming for prosperity for all — by 2030. Established by the UN in September 2015, the SDGs were adopted by the international community, including 193 governments.
There are 17 SDGs, and within these goals there are 169 targets and 230 indicators, which seek to realise the human rights of all and achieve gender equality, among other issues. They are integrated and indivisible and balance three primary dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental. To achieve these goals, it is estimated that it will require investment of between $5-7tn each year until 2030. Approximately $1tn comes from public funds from the UN and member countries annually, while private capital must fund the remaining $6tn annually.