Using scientific principles to create a strategy for investing in sector-level Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Assessing Sector-Level Impacts on Sustainable Development Goals: An Evidence-Based Review Method

Investors are increasingly aware of the need to align their investments with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, evaluating how corporations impact these goals is a complex and challenging task. The authors propose an evidence-based review method for assessing sector-level impacts on individual SDGs, which assigns scores using a traffic-light system and analyzes the effects of 81 economic sectors on SDGs 1-16.

The study reveals that many economic sectors have a negative impact on environmental SDGs, with primary sector activities impacting the highest number of SDGs. As a case study, the authors use Causal Loop methodology to demonstrate the spillover effects resulting from interactions between SDGs. Their research highlights the importance of understanding ‘impact shadows’, the interconnectedness of SDGs, and the hierarchical nature of the goals for sustainable investment strategies.

Overall, this study emphasizes the need for investors to consider the broader effects of their investments on the SDGs. By taking into account how different sectors influence multiple goals, investors can make more informed and responsible decisions that contribute to sustainable development objectives.


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