The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

The business benefits of engaging with the Sustainable Development Goals

This article originally appeared on the Aquacross website.
The EU integrated the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into its 2020 Biodiversity Strategy, including three SDGs that are particularly relevant for the management of aquatic ecosystems as they cover Clean Water and Sanitation (SDG 6), Life below water (SDG 14) and Life on Land (SDG 15). The AQUACROSS project aims to support the achievement of these SDGs by providing knowledge and tools regarding the management of aquatic ecosystems.

In this attempt to reach out to the business community, this brief developed by IUCN discusses how businesses working directly and indirectly with marine and freshwater environments can profit from engaging with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Arguably, supporting the achievement of SDGs will reduce specific threats to aquatic ecosystems and ensure the sustenance of services that these provide. This will in turn benefit economic activities that rely on these ecosystem service provisions.

The brief highlights the important role that business plays in the implementation of the SDGs, by providing crucial financing, in addition to contributing to innovation and technical capabilities. In addition, businesses can benefit from engaging with the SDGs, as the engagement will allow the identification of new markets and opportunities for investments and partnerships. Furthermore, by supporting the achievement of SDGs, the environmental performance of businesses can be improved, whereas risks related to biodiversity loss and water scarcity can be reduced. Also, by engaging with SDGs, businesses can improve their communication with consumers and stakeholders, as well as decision makers, to ensure their visibility and the continued access to resources. Read More...