By Arif Naqvi, Founder and Group Chief Executive, The Abraaj Group.
Two years ago this week, the United Nations General Assembly committed to achieving a universal series of metrics for progress in advancing conditions for “people, planet and prosperity.” The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are as ambitious as they are daunting: provide clean water and sanitation, quality education, affordable clean energy, and so on. In short, the foundations for any good society.
What has been largely overlooked, however, is that the SDGs offer a pragmatic roadmap for effective business investment. For example, four areas reflected in these UN Global Goals – food and agriculture, cities, energy and materials, and health and well-being – represent opportunities for up to US$12 trillion a year in business savings and revenue, according to the UN’s Business and Sustainable Development Commission.
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