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Why Take Action? The Global Challenge
Many developing countries lack widespread basic infrastructure – roads, sanitation, water, electrical power, phone, internet, and other information & communication technologies (ICTs). This creates a major barrier to doing business, inhibits innovation and entrepreneurship, and limits access to health care and education.
The lack of access to safe drinking water for over 660 million people translates to a demand for water-related infrastructure. Sustainalytics has reported that global water demand is expected to increase 50% by 2030, requiring $25 trillion in water infrastructure.
With regard to internet access – which 60% of the world’s population currently lacks – the UN says a shortage of 900,000 skilled ICT workers is still expected in 2020.
Schools, hospitals and clinics comprise another area of infrastructure where there is acute financing need to achieve the SDGs, says the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB): “the sums involved are enormous and the timeframe is short.”
Your Business Opportunity:
PwC research has found that business sees its potential contribution to the SDGs most clearly in Goal 9 (build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive & sustainable industrialization, and foster innovation), following Goal 8 (decent work), and Goal 13 (climate change). These are the areas where business most expects to be able to excel and grow.
The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) reports that there is a finance gap of US$500 billion per year for infrastructure investment. It explains, “governments are therefore increasingly looking for mechanisms to close this gap, crowd-in private finance, and improve efficiency and effectiveness of infrastructure projects. Innovative approaches to infrastructure finance and sustainable public procurement will be critical to their success.”

This week, GSC explores infrastructure, industrialization, and innovation through SDG 9.

Identify Infrastructure and Industrialization Challenges in your Supply Chain

Start by gaining a deeper understanding of the challenges related to sustainable industrialization, innovation, and infrastructure in your supply chain.

Industrial Performance 
Search the country-by-country database from the UN Industrial Development Organizations (UNIDO) for statistics for major indicators of industrial performance. The country data are given in comparison with figures for the geographical region or development group.
Private Participation in Infrastructure
The World Bank’s Private Participation in Infrastructure (PPI) Project Database has data on over 6,400 infrastructure projects in 139 low- and middle-income countries, including projects in energy, telecommunications, transport, and water and sewerage. Search by sector, by 139 countries, or by world region.
Innovation Policy
These country reviews of innovation policy include recommendations in improving policy, including R&D, and identifying good practices. The Innovation Policy Platform (IPP) was developed by the World Bank Group and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). 
OECD also provides further resources on R&D Tax Incentives and another resource from the IPP provides information on intellectual property (IP) rights.

Learn from Leaders Taking Action on SDG 9

“By 2050, nearly 70 percent of the global population will live in cities. The related infrastructure needs arising from this urbanization are both physical and digital and require investment in a broad range of services—including schools, hospitals, transportation, water systems and communications networks—that facilitate the quality of life, strength of commerce and overall resilience of cities.” To continue reading on how Citi is embracing SDG 9, click here (pages 14-17).

Amplify your Impact: Collaborate with NGOs and Other Companies

Partnering with NGOs focusing on infrastructure, innovation and sustainable industrialization can help leverage the experiences, knowledge, best practices and network of these global organizations to amplify your efforts.
Construction for Change
“Empowering developing communities by partnering to build critical infrastructure that promotes education, healthcare and economic empowerment.
Because buildings can transform lives, Construction for Change provides construction management to under-resourced communities that have identified the need for a building to house their critical work. We do this through partnerships with nonprofits, by leveraging our vast networks of volunteers, tapping into our resources and expertise, and transferring industry standards and best practices.”
To find out more, please click here.

SDG 9 Highlight: 2017 3S Award Nominee for Climate Change and Natural Resources

Based in the greater New York City area, RE2H2 is a clean energy company engaged in the development and deployment of renewable energy distributed generation systems and hydrogen fueling systems for zero emission transportation. The company operates in North America, and through its affiliates and partners, operates in several Asian countries. Learn more.
They specialize in:
  • Developing electricity micro-grid projects based on renewable energy systems integrated with energy storage solutions.
  • Providing hydrogen energy fueling infrastructure solutions for the Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) market.
  • Procuring and deploying state-of-the-art technology by commercially proven equipment manufacturers, to develop projects that provide customized turnkey solutions based on a consumer’s specified energy requirements.
  • Executing financing solutions to complete project construction and deployment.

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Join our global community and continue to help shape the ideas, discussions, historic events that will change the landscape of how businesses take responsibility for their impact on the communities and environment that they operate in.

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