SDG 17 Partnerships for the Goals is all about strengthening the partnerships that will help to take us towards all 17 of the Global Goals. It looks forward to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Perhaps it has the most overarching relevance because the SDGs, by definition, address the world’s wicked problems that cannot be solved through just one approach or one sector. It brings together public and private sectors as well as international civil society.
Master student Charles Menard (MScBA Master in Management 2019) presents the importance of successful public-private partnerships for sustainable development. Is this how large corporations, national states, NGOs and civil society can work together to uphold higher standards that deliver the SDGs?
Marieke de Wal is managing director of RSM’s Partnerships Resource Centre for research into collaborations for sustainable and inclusive development. She presents the theoretical framework for successful public-private partnerships, highlighting the importance of knowledge-sharing and trust. They are complex relationships, but highly relevant for achieving the Goals.
Ricardo Bosshard is director of the World Wildlife Fund in Chile. Here, he describes his experience of the partnership between WWF and Rabobank that developed a way to sustainably farm salmon in Chile. It’s a great example of the requirements for successful partnerships between private sector organisations and an NGO.
RSM is incorporating business involvement in the SDGs into its bachelor programmes, and into business cases studied by master students.
Want to start applying your knowledge? Here are easy tips related to SDG 17:
- Partner with organizations from other countries that fight for similar goals.
- Encourage out-of-classroom teamwork, in local communities and businesses.
- Identify synergies between your organization and public sector goals.
Want to do more? Here are the Good Life Goals.
You might also be interested in:
- Business and the Sustainable Development Goals – a framework for effective corporate involvement, a short book by Prof. Rob van Tulder.
- How Rabobank and WWF joined forces for agriculture with partners from Brazil and Chile
- UN Ambassador Emma Watson makes an appeal: the SDGs need your creative superpowers (animation).