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Business & SDGs special 
This newsletter covers IIED's work to explore how the private sector can respond to development and environmental challenges – and how we can support business to deliver positive change.

Profit with purpose: the role of business in achieving sustainable development

IIED recently launched a series of blogs and interviews looking at how business and investors can contribute to achieving sustainable development.

These blogs and interviews report on how the financial and business communities are seeking to balance profit with social and environmental impact.

Together, these contributions highlight a growing willingness and appetite from businesses to become 'good citizens', and mobilise their resources – not only to do well for stakeholders but to do good.

A surprisingly large number of the plastic bottles and cans found along the shoreline in the Norwegian Arctic are of foreign origin. What can businesses do to prevent this? (Photo: Bo Eide, via Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Guest blog by David Croft

Wanted: corporate global citizens to deliver the SDGs

Businesses are global citizens too – and have a prominent role in collective achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, explains guest blogger David Croft, global director of sustainability at RB.  

Read the guest blog.

"Unless we see organisations, especially businesses, as global citizens, we will fail to recognise the interdependencies that exist within the complex ecosystem that binds us."

–  David Croft
The first 'Insights' examines models for investment in marine protected areas (Photo: Philip Hamilton/Blue finance)

Insights: linking business and sustainability

IIED's Insights series provides detailed research evidence on how business, investors and civil society can work together to deliver practical solutions to global challenges.

The series is part of our efforts to engage with business, investors and policymakers to make positive change happen. Two 'Insights' on ocean investments and energy access have been published, with more to come in the series.

Read them both:
Navigating ocean investments
Accelerating energy access with aggregation
Photo: Chris West of Sumerian Partners
Interview with Chris West

Q&A: Ready for impact?

In the first in the series of articles exploring how investors and business can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals, IIED’s Laura Kelly put questions to Chris West from Sumerian Partners on the lessons and challenges from impact investing.

Read the interview and the other blogs and Q&As in the Profit with purpose series.

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