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Scaling Up Sustainability Collaboration: Contributions of Business Associations and Sector Initiatives to Sustainable Development



This document presents examples of how business associations can and are contributing to sustainable development. This collection of case examples demonstrates how business associations can help their members advance sustainable development through information and knowledge diffusion; capacity building and education; technical standards and specifications; policy advocacy and public affairs; and fostering and brokering partnerships.







Issuer (type)

United Nations Global Compact Office (International)

Instrument type


Disclosure instrument


Geographical scope


Mandatory or voluntary




Text analysis

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    • E focus: carbon intensity, climate change, conservation, deforestation, degradation, emissions, energy, environment, environmental management, fisheries, forests, green building, greenhouse gas, oceans, oil spill, pollution, product stewardship, recycling, renewable energy, resource efficiency, resource use, soil, sustainable agriculture, sustainable finance, sustainable food, sustainable mobility, sustainable products, waste, water, water management, water quality, biodiversity
    • S focus: collective bargaining, discrimination, diversity, fair trade, forced labour, human capital, human rights, recruiting, recruitment, social impacts, children
    • G focus: animal welfare, audit, bribery, business ethics, compliance programme, corruption, esg reporting, 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, Professional services, Retail trade, Transportation