Engaging business

DFAT is working in close partnership with the private sector to advance the 2030 Agenda in our aid program.

The Ministerial Statement on engaging the private sector in aid and development (August 2015) sets out the Government's commitment to enhance collaboration with the private sector to address development challenges and identifies the private sector as an essential partner to achieving sustainable development outcomes in our region.

The Business Partnerships Platform is an agency wide mechanism, where DFAT and the private sector are working together in a flexible way to address development challenges.

DFAT has a partnership with the Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA), enhancing our capacity to engage with businesses whose interests align with advancing the Sustainable Development Goals. Businesses can use the GCNA's Australian SDGs Hub for Business as a resource to engage with and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.

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So far, over 30 leading Australian CEOs have signed the Global Compact Network Australia's CEO Statement of Support for the Sustainable Development Goals. We are also partners with the Shared Value Project, allowing us to collaborate with businesses aiming at delivering sustainable social impact while achieving commercial returns.

Major Australian companies are incorporating the SDGs into their planning and reporting.

In the Asia Pacific region DFAT  supports the Business and Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC) to engage with CEO stakeholders to promote the Sustainable Development Goals. The BSDC has developed an online tool – the SDG Business Hub – to help businesses navigate the 2030 Agenda.

Information on civil society and universities on the 2030 Agenda

External resources for business

Global Compact Network Australia

The business-led Global Compact Network Australia (GCNA) brings together signatories to the UN Global Compact, including a number of Australia's leading companies, non-profits and universities, to advance corporate sustainability and the private sector's contribution to sustainable development.

Visit the GCNA website and the Australian SDGs Hub for Business website for more information.

Australia Post

Australia Post – one of Australia's largest companies – has mapped the current and potential impact that its business operations can have on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. It's three-part video series, Sustainability and your small business, takes you through the basics of sustainability, what it means for small businesses and how to implement sustainable business practices.

Australia Post and the Banksia Foundation have also issued a white paper, Small Business: Making sustainability part of every day, which highlights the barriers and drivers to sustainability, along with the key characteristics of small businesses that are leaders in sustainability and the lessons they've learned along the way.

Visit the Australia Post website for more information

Business and Sustainable Development Commission

The Business and Sustainable Development Commission (BSDC) aims to make a powerful business case for achieving a sustainable, inclusive economy. Its flagship report, Better Business, Better World, maps the economic prize for companies that align with the Sustainable Development Goals, and shows how to achieve them.

Visit the BSDC website for more information.

SDG Business Hub

The SDG Business Hub provides easy access to resources, tools, case studies on the SDGs.

Visit the SDG Business Hub website for more information.


Last Updated: 13 December 2017