New Commission to Quantify Business Case for SDGs

In a key announcement from Davos last week, 20 business leaders are setting out to quantify the economic case for engaging in the SDGs, and explore ways for businesses to take advantage of the 2030 Agenda.

The members of the Global Commission on Business and Sustainable Development, launched during the World Economic Forum 2016, include Paul Polman, Unilever, Arif Naqvi, The Abraaj Group; Ken Frazier, Merck & Co; Hendrik du Toit, Investec Asset Management; John Fallon, Pearson PLC; Roberto Oliveira de Lima, Natura; Amy Jadesimi, Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL); Vineet Rai, Intellecap; and Gavin Wilson, IFC Asset Management Company LLC.

Polman, who serves as co-chair of the Commission, outlined the SDGs’ potential economic value, saying “gender equality could unlock $37 trillion in value, universal energy access will unlock $18 billion and there is $90 trillion in the need for sustainable cities.”

In addition to economic rewards from creating and accessing new markets, the SDGs will also help avoid risks created by resource competition and fragility, and they can create an environment for businesses to  perform – inclusive, sustainable growth and widespread job creation.

Take the first step: Sponsor an SDG for GSC’s 17 Weeks/17 SDGs Initiative

We’re proud to have G&A Institute as a strategic Goal 17 partner in the GSC 17 Weeks / 17 SDGs Initiative!

Founded in 2006, Governance & Accountability Institute is a sustainability consulting firm headquartered in New York City, assisting corporations in executing winning strategies that maximize return on investment at every step of their sustainability journey. The G&A team helps corporate and investment community clients recognize, understand and address sustainability issues to address stakeholder and shareholder concerns. Visit G&A at


SDGs 5 and 6 focus on women’s empowerment, water
and sanitation.
How does your company bring these to life?

SDG 5 – Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls has six target areas addressing discrimination against women and girls, violence including trafficking and sexual exploitation, child marriage and female genital mutilation, full participation for women in leadership and decision-making, and access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights. In addition, Goal 5 highlights information and communications technology, and other enabling technology for women’s empowerment.

How does your supply chain contribute to gender equality and women’s empowerment?

SDG 5 in Action
A Global Movement for Women’s Economic Empowerment:

In this 3-minute presentation, Anna Falth, Empower Women, explains Goal 5, its relevance in the 2030 Agenda and how can businesses start addressing it.
3S Empowered Women 2015 Award Winner:

18% of women and girls in Rwanda miss school and work because they can’t afford pads. Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE) has found a solution to this problem. SHE makes pads locally and employs members of the community. Here is how they are doing it.

SDG 5 Amplifier
High Water Women is an organization of women in the hedge fund and investment industries, focused on providing enriched educational opportunities for low-income youth and the economic empowerment of women and children. HWW provides thought leadership in values-based investing.


SDG 6 – Ensure access to water and sanitation for all has six target areas addressing safe and affordable drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, improving water quality, wastewater, water recycling and reuse, water-use efficiency, integrated water resources management, and protecting and restoring water-related ecosystems. In addition, Goal 6 calls for supporting developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies, and supporting local communities’ participation in improving water and sanitation management.

How does your supply chain contribute to water and sanitation?

SDG 6 in Action
3S Community Engagement 2015 Award Winner: SOIL

In Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods’ (SOIL’s) simple social business design, wastes from SOIL’s ecological sanitation toilets are collected and transported to a waste treatment facility where the waste is safely composted into rich, agricultural-grade compost. This compost is then sold for agricultural application. Revenue from monthly… Learn more.

SDG 6 Amplifier

The CEO Water Mandate is an alliance of corporations committed to promoting water sustainability, including in supply chain and watershed management. The signatories recognize that the world’s water challenge, including the lack of access to clean water and sanitation in many parts of the world, undermines humanitarian, social, environmental and economic goals. Signatories include Nestle, which also leads the 2030 Water Resources Group, and is working to reduce its water footprint, and PwC, which led the development of the alliance’s Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines.

Make Your Mark as a Sustainability Leader with the

GSC 17 / 17 SDGs Initiative!

GSC invites you to showcase your companies’ contributions to the SDGs. For 17 consecutive weeks, we will highlight one SDG per week, also lending the spotlight to those who have made it their business to take action on each goal.

Contact Louis Coppola ( to sponsor one or more SDGs by Feb 15th for 17% off sponsorship rate.