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24 Nov 2014

Haley St Dennis, Institute for Human Rights and Business

The Post-2015 Agenda Needs to Set its Private Sector Priorities

...Compared to the current UN Millennium Development Goals, the private sector has been given more prominence in the recently proposed draft SDGs framework put forward by the Open Working Group following extensive global consultations. That’s certainly welcome. Business contributes significantly to economic growth, job creation and innovations that foster sustainability. But it’s long been acknowledged that business activities can also adversely impact people and the environment. The private sector clearly has a critical role to play in sustainable development, but we shouldn’t assume that the benefits of involving the private sector in the SDGs will be automatic...