The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the United Nations as a global call to action and a universal roadmap to end global poverty, protect the planet, and deliver a future in which no one would be left behind. Halfway through, progress on the 2030 Agenda is weak, and socioeconomic inequality continues to grow. Business-led multi-stakeholder collaborations play a critical role in bridging these gaps, from addressing growing socioeconomic inequality to tackling the devastating impacts of climate change.
Drawing on BSR’s expertise in incubating, designing, and facilitating collaborative initiatives, this report explores how business-led multi-stakeholder collaboration can help to advance the SDGs and contribute to five key dimensions of poverty, including poverty reduction, human rights, gender equality, climate and environment, and peace and conflict. The report leverages concrete examples of collaborative initiatives incubated through the CoLab SDGs program, a strategic partnership with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) that aims to increase the private sector’s contribution to achieving the 2030 agenda and illustrate how these impacts play out in practical terms. Finally, the report outlines initial key learnings from the CoLab SDGs program.