The investment community should become more engaged with UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) according to a new report, SDG Investment Case, from The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and PwC.
The report outlines five compelling factors, from being a critical part of their fiduciary duty to the use of SDGs as a capital allocation guide, and focuses on the capacity for the investment community to engage and achieve real-world impact as a result.
It also explains what the UN SDGs are, as well as why there is an expectation that investors will contribute to them and – crucially – why investors should want to contribute to them. As Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever noted in the report: “The SDGs offer the greatest economic opportunity of a lifetime”.
Key messages from The SDG Investment Case include:
“The SDGs will have an important impact on the future development of the economy and financial markets,” says Kris Douma, Director of Investment Practice & Engagement, the PRI. “As drivers of global GDP growth, they are relevant for investors. For institutional investors who consider themselves as ‘universal owners’, not meeting the SDGs will potentially bring macro financial risks.”
Louise Scott, Global Sustainability Director at PwC, concludes, “The SDGs present an enormous growth opportunity for investors, organisations and the global economy. Solving them will mitigate the risks that they pose to all businesses.
“Every investor should want to understand how to play their part in achieving them. ”
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