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25 Sep 2015

John Morrison, Institute for Human Rights and Business

Commentary: How to make the SDGs a reality? Create more pre-competitive space

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)... represent a unique opportunity for greater global prosperity – but only if businesses and governments know when to stop competing and instead start working together... Human rights surely should not be an issue for competition but rather an area where business works with others to achieve positive results. The problem is that many existing approaches to “corporate social responsibility” or “shared value” tend to leap over this baseline in order to promote strategies focused primarily on competitive advantage... we need incentives for many more businesses to work with their competitors as well as with governments, trade unions and civil society to ensure sustainable development strategies seen as legitimate in the eyes of society..