The sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development officially came into force in January 2016. These comprise 17 core goals, ranging from ending hunger to stemming climate change, providing a critical roadmap to a sustainable future and more prosperous world. It is clear that governments alone cannot fix these social, environmental, and political challenges. The private sector has a critical role to play too. Now retired Unilever CEO Paul Polman called the SDGs “the greatest economic opportunity of a lifetime”, and achieving them at home and around the world is going to require new ideas and large-scale investments with impact, far beyond the current capacity of governments. It has become clear that private sector involvement and private finance, resources and expertise will be required to achieve these SDGs and as the debate about the role of business in society is getting louder, an “impact economy” is on the rise. Many private sector players h...

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