Businesses Expected to Excel and Grow in Infrastructure and Innovation (SDG 9)

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The Global Challenge
Many developing countries lack widespread basic infrastructure – roads, sanitation, water, electrical power, and phone, internet, and other information and 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 and 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.”
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Make a Difference with Action on Goal 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.
UNIDO image 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.
OECD image 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
Virgin pledge image Virgin
Virgin CEO Richard Branson has publicly pledged to apply innovation, resources and expertise to pursue the business opportunities inherent in building a greener, more equitable and inclusive society. He adds, “I am a business leader who knows that business cannot succeed in societies that fail.” Branson encourages other CEOs to make similar pledges through the Business Worthy initiative.
Cisco mentors image Cisco
According to Cisco, “many companies report difficulty in finding skilled people for technology jobs. Women represent a large, untapped resource of technology talent.”
Cisco takes an active role in inspiring girls and young women to learn about technology and pursue careers in ICT, through hands-on exposure to technology and engagement with industry professionals.
Girls Power Tech is a Cisco Global Mentoring Initiative, held in conjunction with the UN’s International Girls in ICT Day, organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
Cisco has pledged that 20% of its workforce will spend 20 hours a year on STEM mentoring by 2020 (science, technology, engineering and math), with an emphasis on women and girls.
NAB corp office image National Australia Bank (NAB)
In line with SDG target 9.4, to “upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes,” NAB recently switched to LED bulbs at its head office in Melbourne, replacing 4,000 light bulbs with LED bulbs. The switch resulted in a 60% reduction in energy use and saved NAB about $14 million, it was reported. Learn more about NAB’s corporate responsibility initiatives.
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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.
Equator Principles image Equator Principles
Approximately 80 members of the banking industry have united to develop and apply a framework of sustainability standards to guide the financing of infrastructure projects. The voluntary Equator Principles provides a framework to manage environmental and social risks in financing projects, and are regarded as a minimum standard. Additional diligence is required for projects where human rights could be a major issue, as highlighted by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights reflecting on the murder of Berta Cáceres, and with regard to climate change and emissions from larger projects.
The signatories, called Equator Principles Financial Institutions (EPFIs), include Barclays, Credit Suisse, Citigroup, ING, and Bank of Tokyo. Together, the signatories constitute more than 70% of project financing in emerging markets. The Framework requires signatory banks to conduct due diligence in areas that were not traditionally covered under many clients’ environmental and social risk management practices, according to BSR.
ISAP image Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals (ISAP)
The Indian Society of Agribusiness Professionals (ISAP), a network of agriculture and allied sector professionals in India, seeks to promote farmers’ empowerment with agriculture knowledge through a call center and selling farm produce. ICT-based innovations for agriculture address farmers’ information needs by facilitating farm extension services to help them improve crop productivity, optimize resources, increase price realization and enhance livelihood options. Corporate partners include: Microsoft; Qualcomm; and Tata Chemicals.
Impact 2030 image Impact 2030
Under Impact 2030, companies commit to: “Encourage the development and deployment of corporate volunteer initiatives geared towards the provision of local innovative solutions to building resilient infrastructure, and to better plan and manage new and existing human settlements,” alongside commitments linked to the other SDGs. Impact 2030 also provides an Employee Toolkit to engage staff in the initiative, such as a flyer on hosting a talk on the SDGs and a quiz to identify the SDGs that best match one’s interests and personality. Partners include Amway, Dow, RitzCarlton, Google, UPS and Southwest.
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Protoprint provides low-cost technology for waste picker co-operatives in India, to add value to the waste plastic they collect, by allowing them to turn it into 3D printer filament. Production takes place in a shed at the garbage dump, and Protoprint pays Rs.300/kg of filament processed (as compared to Rs.14/kg the wastepickers normally get by selling the plastic to scrap dealers).
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