UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Policy Briefs

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs provides thought leadership through its UN DESA Policy Briefs series, presenting timely and relevant analysis and policy guidance on global economic and social issues.


How can Investors Move From Greenwashing to SDG-enabling?

Companies must adapt their business model to reflect growing risks and uncertainties, and help build a sustainable world; doing so is necessary to preserve their financial performance in the long run Investors have the financial resources to push companies to change, but lack the necessary tools given limited reliable data on non-financial issues. A common definition of Sustainable Development Investing (SDI) would be a first step in ensuring that investments presented as “sustainable” make a meaningful contribution to the global goals but implementing such definition will require strengthened mandatory reporting requirements.


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