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Corporate-NGO Partnerships for Sustainable Development

The purpose of this paper is to analyse a topic that represents a concrete illustration of how philosophy, politics, and economics are interconnected on a practical level. Partnerships between corporations and nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) seeking to promote sustainable development draw on...

Accelerating Progress Towards the Millennium Development Goals Through Inclusive Business Delivering Results: Moving Towards Scale

Report on an inclusive business dialogue held 21 September 2010 during the UN summit on the millennium development goals.

Partnering for Development - Making it Happen

Partnering for Development - Making it Happen, a booklet, builds on the report from the Commission on the Private Sector and Development and looks at three areas of engagement: the development of commercially sustainable business models that can be expanded and replicated; the reform of laws,...

Developing Inclusive Business Models - A Review of Coca-Cola's Manual Distribution Centres in Ethiopia and Tanzania

A research paper on inclusive business by Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Sustainability and Equity - A better future for all

The 2011 Human Development Report argues that the urgent global challenges of sustainability and equity must be addressed together – and identifies policies on the national and global level that could spur mutually reinforcing progress towards these interlinked goals.

Assessing Progress in Africa towards the Millennium Development Goals Report 2011

This is the latest edition of the widely read UNDP reports analyzing the progress (or lack thereof) on the African continent towards achieving the MDGs.

Fighting Poverty: A Business Opportunity - Report on the 10th International Business Forum

Fighting Poverty: A Business Opportunity - Report on the 10th International Business Forum, a conference report, provides a summary of the Forum's proceedings in respect to how business is addressing the Millennium Development Goals.

Inclusive Business at the Base of the Pyramid - an ADB project

The BoP-related ADB technical assistance (TA) project, first approved in 2008, aims to develop inclusive business ventures in six selected Asian countries and prepare them for project financing.

Achieving the Millennium Development Goals in an Era of Global Uncertainty

This Report outlines the status of achievement of MDGs in the Asia-Pacific region and identifies some of the key challenges. It was published in 2010 by The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in conjunction with the ADB and UNDP.

Beyond the Midpoint: Achieving the Millennium Development Goals

This paper is UNDP’s forward-looking review of the factors that shape MDG progress, along with the constraints and bottlenecks that have hampered MDG achievement in many countries. The findings build on MDG assessments in 30 countries that were undertaken for this review.

From Challenge to Opportunity: The role of business in tomorrow's society

From Challenge to Opportunity: The role of business in tomorrow's society, a paper from the Tomorrow's Leaders group of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), presents a fresh perspective on the role of business in society. The paper sets out a model through which companies...

G3 Guidelines of the GRI Sustainability Reporting Framework

The G3 Guidelines of the GRI Sustainability Reporting Framework provide guidance for organisations to use as the basis for disclosure about their sustainability performance (organisation’s economic, environmental, and social performance), and also provide stakeholders a universally-applicable,...

Green Works: recycling office furniture

Green Works, a social enterprise based in the UK, collects unwanted office furniture from big companies like Marks & Spencer and recycles it to sell at a discount from one of six London warehouses to schools, colleges, charities, housing associations and small businesses. The firm recently...

Opportunities for investors in sustainable energy in India

The goal of this report is to inform investors about the market potential of the clean energy industry serving India’s rural BoP market, by looking at its opportunities, challenges, and potential paths to growth. The report aims to present an overall picture of these growing clean energy sectors,...

Regional perspectives on "Sustainable Livelihoods and Business"

Regional perspectives on Sustainable Livelihoods and Business, a publication of the WBCSD, discusses the potential of Sustainable Livelihoods (SL) businesses - businesses that benefit the poor while opening new doors to companies’ activities. The report presents the features and findings obtained...

Sustainability Reporting Toolkit

The Sustainability Reporting Toolkit aims to assist companies in learning about sustainability reporting, assessing the need to report, and creating an effective report. The Toolkit contains: * general information to assist in setting the stage for a sustainability report; * guidance for...

Food Sustainability: a Guide to the Private Sector

A practical and illustrative guide for businesses that presents sets of inspirational examples of how companies can contribute to sustainable food production and supply. Examples cover various sectors and show actions of small companies as well as multinational corporations from around the world. ...

International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) - meetings and conferences

The ISDR is a programme of the UN which aims at building disaster-resilient communities by promoting increased awareness of the importance of disaster reduction as an integral component of sustainable development -- with the goal of reducing human, social, economic and environmental losses due to...

Equator Principles

The Equator Principles (EPs) are a credit risk management framework for determining, assessing and managing environmental and social risk in project finance transactions. Project finance is often used to fund the development and construction of major infrastructure and industrial projects.The EPs...

Moving On Toolbook - a guide to effective management of partnership exits and transitions

The Moving On Toolbook, produced in collaboration with Vodafone, UK Foundation and Nike, is the fifth in the series, and focuses on the exit aspects of a partnership. It also looks at the indications of success that can be associated with exits, achieving goals and reaching conclusions.