What action can business take to make progress on SDG16?

Session 1
Jun 26 '19 8:55am–Jun 26 '19, 10:40am GMT

Summary of Discussion

Q6: How can businesses best build credibility and trust when advocating for SDG16?

- Engage on issues people want to hear about

- Being open to reflecting weaknesses and challenges

- Genuinely seeking feedback from civil society and multi-stakholder collaboration

- It's about the businesses' leadership

- Avoid empty rhetoric and be open about own principles

- Set right company culture and "Walk the talk" 

- Accountability and transparency with all stakeholders


Q5: How can businesses best promote inclusive, equal opportunities and representative decision-making?

- Lead by example: ensure internal diversity, inclusive recruitment policies and a suitable work culture

- Setting targets, measuring and benchmarking


Q4: Should business support in shaping government policy on societal issues?


- Offering specific skill sets such as compliance tools, management know-how, training techniques, policy development and public communications

- Being a source of new technology and research

- Corporate leaders and the general public expect businesses to speak up on ESG issues

- In collaboration with civil society


- Need to ensure this support is in society's benefit, navigating the conflict with self-interest

- Need to ensure high levels of transparency in the process

- Need to ensure dialogue between government and businesses


Q3: Should business contribute to government capacity building?


- in good co-ordination with government and civil society

- in connection with the wider SDG agenda

- in the anti-corruption and taxation space

- establishing continous dialogue

- from a sector/industry collaboration rather than businesses individually


- Multinational vs. National businesses - fear of global companies "setting the rules"

- Importance to recognize civil society's role

Q2: What does transparency from business look like on anti-corruption?

- Backed up by values and purpose, integrity and desire to be a force of good. Having a strong Code of Ethics embedded within the business.

- Having a good public disclosure record. Support public regulation on transparency. There needs to be willingness for business and government to hold people accountable.

- Whistleblowing, although challenging in developing countries' context.

- Giving clarity on who are the ultimate beneficial owners of the business.

- Moving towards transparency in management processes rather than declarations only.


Q1: What are some of the risk and opportunities for businesses that make SDG16 a priority? What should be the goals for business in this area?

- Risks: instability, public discontent, poverty, an uncompetitive private sector, all important challenges to long-term business.

- Opportunities: prioritizing SDG16 perpetuates economic growth. It also creates space for collaboration with governments to build peaceful and stable societies and to create an optimal environment for the wider SDG Agenda, and for future business. Progress in SDG16 translates in greater social wellbeing for the nation.

- Specific goals: reducing and preventing corruption / fostering tax payment transparency and accountability / support institutional training and policy courses / raising business standards in supply chain / ensure inclusive decision  making at all levels / multi-stakeholder collaboration  


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Do the areas covered by SDG 16 Peace Justice and Strong Institutions present more of a risk or an opportunity for business?
25 votes
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Which of the following actors has played the most influential role in accelerating progress towards SDG16 to date?
Local NGOs / Advocacy Groups / Charities
International NGOs / Advocacy Groups / Charities
Research Institutes / Scientists
Citizens / Community Action Groups
Intergovernmental Organisations / UN
Private Sector / Large Corporations
National Governments
16 votes
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Which of the following engagement initiatives should large private companies prioritize in order to best support progress on SDG 16?
Advocate for policies in transparency and anti-corruption
Engaging private-public collaboration/partnerships to promote peace and stability
Industry wide efforts for transparency and anti-corruption
Lead by example
Raising public awareness
13 votes
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In your opinion, what stage is your organisation at in contributing to the goals of SDG 16?
Not on our radar at all
Compliance with minimum standards
Developing internal policies within the business
Advocating and engaging externally on SDG 16
8 votes
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Which of the following internal initiatives should large private companies prioritize in order to best support progress on SDG 16?
Commitment to inclusiveness, diversity and equal gender opportunities policies
Whistleblowing policies
Transparency and public disclosure
Build trust with local communities and transparent communication
Code of conduct and policies on conflict of interest, cash and in-kind donations, risk management, personal data protection, etc.
10 votes
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Meet our Guest Contributors

Tebello Chabana
Senior Executive, Public Af…
Minerals Council
Brook Horowitz
IBLF Global
Phil Mason
Anti-Corruption Specialist
Formerly DFID
Mashudu Masutha
Legal Researcher, Extractiv…
Corruption Watch
Dhulce-Janice McGuire
Democracy, Rights & Gov…
USAID Southern Africa
Richard Morgan
Head of Government Relations
Anglo American
Ed Olowo-Okere
Director, Governance, Gover…
World Bank Group
Trine Pertou Mach
Head of Economic Developmen…
International Alert
Msingathi Sipuka
Strategic Advisor and Head …
United Nations South Africa

Session Moderator

Femke De Man
Director, GlobeScan


Brook Horowitz
Let me give an example: Global multinationals play (or s…
Murray Hunt
Agree with Phil - the ambitious aspiration in SDG16 cannot …
Mashudu Masutha
At the macro level, businesses can champion the rule of law…
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