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United Nations Global Compact Issues New Guidance for Private Sector to Grow Sustainability Through Investments in Emerging and Frontier Markets

Published 10-30-19

Submitted by United Nations Global Compact

The United Nations Global Compact has issued new guidance for companies on advancing sustainable development through investments in emerging and frontier markets to leverage private finance to meet the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Released at the SDG Investment Forum hosted by the Johannesburg Stock Exchange as part of its ESG Investor Showcase, the publication — Scaling Finance for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — outlines how corporate and financial intermediation, including foreign direct investment, can help bring to scale the private finance directed towards advancing the Global Goals.

"It makes business sense for companies to align corporate investments to the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Lise Kingo, CEO and Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact. “By doing so, companies create value for both investors and communities where they invest."

Developed by the UN Global Compact Action Platform on Financial Innovation for the SDGs, the new report completes a series of three publications that help companies identify practical solutions for scaling up their positive impact on the SDGs through sustainable financing. The previous publications focused on SDG bonds and corporate finance.

The publications build the foundation for the new Sustainable Finance Programme at the UN Global Compact which aims to empower companies and their Chief Executive Officers as a global voice in the redesign of finance for sustainable development. It has been estimated that achieving the Global Goals by 2030 will require roughly US$ 5–7 trillion of annual investments, and the financing gap is currently between US$ 2.5 and 3 trillion annually.

Following the first-ever SDG Investment Forum organized in Brazil in March this year, the SDG Investment Forum in South Africa was an opportunity for a dialogue between investors, companies, the UN and Governments on investments to advance the 2030 Agenda. The event was organized jointly by the UN Global Compact, Johannesburg Stock Exchange, Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), the Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative and the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI).

About the United Nations Global Compact
As a special initiative of the UN Secretary-General, the United Nations Global Compact works with companies everywhere to align their operations and strategies with ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. Launched in 2000, the UN Global Compact guides and supports the global business community in advancing UN goals and values through responsible corporate practices. With more than 9,500 companies and 3,000 non-business signatories based in over 160 countries, and more than 60 Local Networks, it is the largest corporate sustainability initiative in the world.

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Launched in 2000, the UN Global Compact brings business together with UN agencies, labor, civil society and governments to advance ten universal principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. Through the power of collective action, the Global Compact seeks to mainstream these ten principles in business activities around the world and to catalyze actions in support of broader UN goals. With over 4,100 participating companies from more than 100 countries, it is the world's largest voluntary corporate citizenship initiative. For more information, please visit

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