In our education we are using teaching cases, assignments and videos to highlight the issues as well as the business challenges posed by the SDGs, and confront students with the complexities of working with the SDGs. Here we share these materials per SDG, showcasing material that is most directly relevant. Explore the other SDGs.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the framework for training the stakeholders and decision makers of tomorrow to understand and solve the big societal challenges of the 21st century. It’s also a framework for RSM’s mission to be a force for positive change in the world. Each of the UN’s 17 SDGs refers to a big societal challenge and requires more than one stakeholder to solve them. RSM is at the forefront of breakthrough academic research and education in the field of sustainability. The videos presented on these webpages show how each challenge – represented by an SDG – relates to business.

Below Dr Amanda Williams and Professor Rob van Tulder explain why we need to completely shift the way we view these systemic challenges as business opportunities. Professor Cees van Dam tells about the relationship between the SDGs and human rights.

From a systems perspective, we can see that businesses are embedded in broader economic, societal, and environmental systems.

Amanda Williams - PhD-graduate

How can the Sustainable Development Goals help business to embrace the opportunities of the future

Sustainable development: a wicked opportunity for business?

Sustainable development is a shared responsibility, says alum Feike Sijbesma

Why are the SDGs so important for a business school?

Sustainable development begins with respecting human rights

What's the business case for sustainable development


Above are perspectives from various industries:

Feike Sijbesma, CEO of Royal DSM and RSM distinguished alumnus, on a shared responsibility of achieving equality in the world

Paul Polman, former CEO of Unilever and Peter Bakker, CEO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) on opportunities and challenges for integrating SDGs into a business model

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