If the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are threatened by conflict, how can the private sector contribute to peacebuilding through how and where it does business?
SDG 16 presents a cross-cutting challenge and opportunity for any stakeholders driving delivery of the 2030 agenda for the world we want: peace, justice and strong institutions. While many companies prioritise work on the goals closest to their operations, SDG 16 risks neglect and jeopardising the progress on others. At the same time, no single organisation can deliver on SDG 16 alone.
The SDGs bring a renewed lens for peace building, which can involve high-risk, conflict-affected, post-conflict and sensitive regions and countries. As with all SDGs, the private sector has a role. Significant strategic commitments to humanitarian action by large companies are increasingly common. Some companies have formed practical humanitarian partnerships with UN agencies and NGOs that aim to leverage their expertise in war, disasters and post-conflict situations. Some businesses are highly adaptable in war or sensitive and at-risk areas, even deeply innovative.
How can the private sector contribute to prosperity, peacebuilding and security through how and where it does business?
Many organisations have worked on and convened stakeholders on this important theme. Building on this work, SustainAbility chaired a discussion at Chatham House with contributions from:
Glada Lahn, Senior Research Fellow, Environment and Resources, Chatham House
Harriet Lamb, CEO, International Alert
Jérôme Perez, Global Head of Sustainability, Nestlé Nespresso
This is what we heard.