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2017 United Nations Global Compact Progress Report: Business Solutions to Sustainable Development



This document takes stock of the contribution of UN Global Compact business participants towards sustainable development. The report assesses progress in terms of how companies are taking action on the Ten Principles and the Sustainable Development Goals, and features ten interviews with disruptive business leaders. It also highlights ten focus areas for the future where further business engagement is needed.







Issuer (type)

United Nations Global Compact Office (International)

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Disclosure instrument


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Mandatory or voluntary


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    • E focus: climate change, deforestation, degradation, emissions, energy, environment, fisheries, forests, fresh water, greenhouse gas, oceans, pollution, recycling, renewable energy, soil, sustainable mobility, sustainable products, waste, water, water quality, biodiversity
    • S focus: collective bargaining, discrimination, diversity, employment policies, financial inclusion, gender equality, gender pay, human right, human rights, value creation, children
    • G focus: bribery, competitive behavior, corruption, financial reporting, responsible investment, accountability
    • SDG 1: No Poverty, SDG 2: Zero Hunger, SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being, SDG 4: Quality Education, SDG 5: Gender Equality, SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy, SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG 9: Industry Innovation and Infrastructure, SDG 10: Reduced Inequality, SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production, SDG 13: Climate Action, SDG 14: Life Below Water, SDG 15: Life on Land, SDG 16: Peace Justice Strong Institutions, SDG 17: Partnerships to achieve the SDGs
    • Agriculture, Construction, Finance, Management, Manufacturing, Mining, Public administration, Transportation