British International Investment
29 June 2018

Private equity’s role in delivering the Global Goals

The UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) provide a framework to achieve a more sustainable future by 2030.

They specifically call on businesses and the investment community to work towards this vision. The UN Commission on Trade and Development, for example, estimates that the SDGs will require $5 -7 trillion of investment each year, with a very significant flow of capital coming from the private sector.

To explore how private equity investors in developing countries can contribute towards sustainable development and help deliver the Goals, we worked with emerging markets investor Actis and the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association to produce this new report. Highlights of the report include:

  • How considerations on achieving the SDGs can be embedded into investment strategy.
  • Future opportunities for private equity investors to align with the SDGs, including on affordable and clean energy, health care, education, gender equality and decent work.
  • The collaboration needed for private equity investors to deliver large scale impact, particularly through building a consensus on how to measure and report investment outcomes.

We’re proud to be an author of this report as we recognise the scale of the challenge and the potential of private equity investors to drive significant change at speed.

The report can be read in full here and invites the industry to build consensus on how to invest in support of the SDGs.


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