Is Business going to deliver the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development?

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with its 17 Sustainable development goals (SDGs), gives an unprecedented role to the private sector in its implementation. However, for companies to really contribute to achieving the SDGs, substantial changes will have to be made in business behaviour. Indeed, while business can contribute to the wellbeing of society, there are many examples of how business practises have resulted in increased inequality and environmental degradation.

This issue was at the centre of the EU- Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) civil society forum - a joint event organised by CONCORD and Mesa de Articulación - that took place in San Salvador at the beginning of September.

During the forum, the SOLIDAR delegation stressed that

  • The respect of human rights is essential to the private sector’s contribution to the SDGs and that;
  • The EU and its Member States are well positioned to work to prevent human rights abuses and promote the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, as well as to promote labour standards both in the formal and informal sector.

To highlight the dramatic impact on communities of business practices that ignore international human rights and environmental standards, SOLIDAR has started issuing its news letter “Straight from the field: SOLIDAR Network vision for stronger and fairer EU-LAC relations”. You can read the first item here.

 On EU-CELAC relations, see also: SOLIDAR Network’s vision for stronger and fairer EU-LAC relations as well as the network’s contribution to the EU-LAC Civil Society Forum.

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