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Mainstreaming Global Sustainable Development Goals through the UN Global Compact: The Case of Visegrad Countries

Faculty of International Relations, University of Economics, Prague, Winston Churchill sq. 4, 13067 Prague 3, Czech Republic
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J. Risk Financial Manag. 2020, 13(3), 41; https://doi.org/10.3390/jrfm13030041
Received: 16 January 2020 / Revised: 22 February 2020 / Accepted: 25 February 2020 / Published: 28 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue International Trends and Economic Sustainability on Emerging Markets)
Since 2016, the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), one of the most prominent worldwide corporate social responsibility and sustainability initiatives, has been linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, despite the enormous scholarly interest in the UNGC since the very beginning, its impact on the integration of the SDGs into the business activities, risk management and reporting of its participants remains understudied. This paper examines support and action for the SDGs among companies from the Visegrad Four (V4) countries. It attempts to find out whether the recent UNGC efforts result in their mobilisation towards the SDGs’ implementation or merely creates a new space for instrumental adoption to improve image and reputation. The paper adopts qualitative content analysis of 42 Communications of Progress (COPs), submitted by 25 companies from the V4 in 2017–2019. The related self-assessments in the UNGC Participation Database were also used. It reveals that the companies obviously fulfil their obligation to report their activities related to SDGs but fail to provide relevant details. Moreover, divergences between the challenges faced by V4 countries and the priorities of the companies related to individual SDGs are also identified. This raises serious concerns about the UNGC’s practical effects. View Full-Text
Keywords: Sustainable Development Goals; United Nations Global Compact; Visegrad countries Sustainable Development Goals; United Nations Global Compact; Visegrad countries
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Zemanová, Š.; Druláková, R. Mainstreaming Global Sustainable Development Goals through the UN Global Compact: The Case of Visegrad Countries. J. Risk Financial Manag. 2020, 13, 41.

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