MNEs and United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals

Pervez N. Ghauri*, Fang Lee Cooke

*Corresponding author for this work

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Encouraged by Millennium Development Goals put forward in 2000 to alleviate poverty by 50 percent by 2015 that was achieved already in 2013, United Nations put forward “The 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development.” After the 2015 summit for sustainable development, 17 “Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs) were introduced (United Nations, Transforming our world: The 2030 agenda for sustainable development, 2015). The main purpose of these goals is to alleviate inequalities and injustice and create a healthy environment for all. These SDGs are interconnected, and meeting the target for one goal is imperative on the progress made in achieving at least some of the other goals. MNEs are considered crucial for achieving SDGs. In this chapter, we illustrate what role MNEs can play in achieving each of these goals. We look at the impact of new realities that emerged since 2015, particularly the pandemic, and assess what is realistic to achieve and how. We also discuss the role IB researchers can play toward this pursuit.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe New Frontiers of International Business
Subtitle of host publicationDevelopment, Evolving Topics, and Implications for Practice
EditorsHemant Merchant
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783031060038
ISBN (Print)9783031060021, 9783031060052
Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 2022

Publication series

NameContributions to Management Science
ISSN (Print)1431-1941
ISSN (Electronic)2197-716X

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022, Springer Nature Switzerland AG.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Marketing
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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