The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are an important compass to ‘transform the world for the better’. It is therefore appropriate that the SDGs play an important role in the new Dutch Foreign Trade and Development policy note. Minister Kaag (Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation) stated the following about the SDGs: ‘The ambitions are as big as they are unavoidable. A liveable world is in all our interests: the public, businesses and governments. That requires an enormous combined effort.’ Companies also contribute to this combined effort.
This article focuses on what an effective contribution from companies would look like and concludes with recommendation for government policies that enhance such an effective contribution.