What action can business take to make progress on SDG16?

Session 2
Jun 26 '19 1:55pm–Jun 26 '19, 3:35pm GMT

Summary of Discussion

Q6: How can business best promote diversity, gender and ethnic equal opportunities and representative decision-making?

- Ensuring values, strategies, processes and relationships promote diversion and inclusion

- Ensuring diversity at all levels of the company

Q5: Moving to advocating for SDG16, how can business best build credibility and trust?

- strengthening their license to operate

- making values, ethics and integrity part of their business' DNA and across all company layers / having a clear purpose beyond generating profits

- showing transparent and inclusive decision-making (including communities and other relevant stakeholder groups), being more representative of society as a whole

- limiting social and environmental negative impacts

- being consistent with their words vs. action => lead by example, walk the talk!

- trust is based on transparency and honesty

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

Society is calling on business to take a stand on societal issues.

Yes: business can support governments on the implementation of guiding principles relating to citizen security, restorative justice, anti-corruption... // business should provide feedback on policy matters // business can make policy development processes more inclusive by helping other voices get heard // business can support through multi-stakeholder initiatives // areas like climate change are key, business can support emergency preparedness and response

Concerns: need to ensure it is done transparently and grounded in ethics and integrity, including respect for human rights // need to ensure it is ultimately addressing societal issues 

Addressing concerns: in order to ensure this support is in society's best interest, civil society needs to be included in the process and multi-stakeholder formats need to be innovative and enable co-creation 

Q3: Should business contribute to government capacity building?

Yes: through multi-stakeholder consultations and collaborative training, deploying technical expertise, providing funding, enabling access to justice, providing information and research, collaborating in stakeholder consultations

Concerns: it is not the role of business to fulfil the role of the state - when the lines are blurred, the results are not ideal // ensuring effectiveness and usefulness for both government and businesses // overcoming perceptions of business being "too close" to government // the urgency of the issue

Q2: What does transparency from business look like in the anti-corruption space?

- Compliance at the very least

- Express commitment externally and engage all levels within the organisation

- Code of conducts (including detencion, prevention and responce mechanisms)

- Regular and open reporting on payments made to government

- Zero tolerance and whistleblower policies

- Beneficial ownership and illicit financial flows

- Respect for human rights (nexus to corruption)

- Refusing business from companies involved in corruption

Challenges:  blurred lines (e.g when does nepotism become corruption?) / acting in isolation / enforcement of company policies across all parties: gap between company and supplier practices

Q1: What are the risk and opportunities for business that make SDG16 a priority?

Businesses cannot successfully operate in a society that does not have peace. 

Businesses making SDG16 a priority goes beyond compliance and towards making a positive and active contribution to the goal.

SDG16 is an entry point to the 2030 agenda.

Risks: Investment decisions are challenged by unpredictable legal frameworks, increased likelihood of human rights abuses and forced labor can have reputational impacts

Opportunities: stable, peaceful and certain business environments enable long term growth and investment, engaged/healthy/safe employees, stability of supply chains and the infrastructure businesses depend on


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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?
24 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
17 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
9 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.
8 votes
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