The Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in “BRICS” Countries
School of Media and Communication, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 800, Dongchaun Road, Minghang District, Shanghai 200240, China
Department of Accounting, Prince Sultan University, P.O. Box 66833, Riyadh 11586, Saudi Arabia
St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, 62 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6JF, UK
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Sustainability 2018, 10(7), 2513; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10072513
Received: 23 June 2018 / Revised: 4 July 2018 / Accepted: 14 July 2018 / Published: 18 July 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Comparative Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs))
This study investigates the adoption and implementation of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS). The researchers selected 25 top multinational companies and studied the adoption of UN SDGs through its vision and mission statements. Using the content analysis method, this study reveals that although companies in BRICS countries have been trying to adopt defined UN SDGs, important goals are missing. Chinese companies stand first while focusing on sustainable industry innovation and infrastructure, and South African companies’ interest in adopting UN SDGs appears to be very low. Overall, the results depict that important UN SDGs—‘Quality Education’, ‘Climate Action’, and ‘Life Below Water’—are missing from the vision and mission statements of companies in BRICS countries. It is recommended that BRICS countries pay more attention to the UN-defined sustainable development goals. This study is unique in that it provides an analytical method to evaluate the implementation of the sustainable development goals in BRICS countries. Future studies should include more countries, in order to study a broader implementation of the goals.