Special Issue "Business Strategies concerning the Sustainable Development Goals and the SDG Compass"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2022.
Interests: corporate social responsibility; corporate social reporting; sustainability business ethics; eco-innovation; management accounting
Interests: corporate social responsibility; corporate social reporting; sustainability assurance; business ethics; eco-innovation
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) explicitly call for the active involvement of companies to transform political agreements into real environmental and social changes. This implies, at the same time, a challenge and an opportunity for companies which can lead to a “win-win” scenario in which their contribution to sustainable development provides companies with long-term competitive advantages and new business opportunities. However, achieving the SDGs not only requires companies to “do things differently” (i.e., behave in a way that is more compatible with sustainability) but also to “do different things”. Therefore, companies that rise to meet this challenge will find that the SDGs lend meaning and focus to their competitive strategies and value-creation process. Indeed, business contribution to the SDGs requires integrating the SDGs into companies’ core competitive strategy, organizational culture, and business model. In this sense, the SDG compass provides a guide to help companies in this process, explaining how to formulate, execute and communicate SDG-related strategies.
Researchers have highlighted the need to create and implement a sustainable business model based on the integration of the SDGs into long-term strategies and to search for innovative solutions to the challenges arising in this regard. However, more research is needed to understand how companies can contribute to the SDG being met and how their integration into business strategies can create value for the company and enhance firm performance. This Special Issue aims to fill this gap and calls researchers from various academic disciplines to address the study of a broad spectrum of topics related to busines strategies concerning the SDGs and the SDG compass, including:
- Business contribution to the SDGs;
- The SDGs as a strategic tool for corporate management and governance;
- Strategic change associated with the adoption of the SDGs by companies;
- The SDGs and value creation;
- Explaining factors of the adoption of the SDGs by companies (i.e., firm size, industry, country, profitability);
- SDGs implementation;
- Human resource management and the SDGs;
- Entrepreneurship as a means of tracking the SDGs;
- Collaborative approaches (e.g., public–private partnerships, alliances) as a means of pursuing the SDGs;
- The SDGs and product development;
- Eco-innovation as a means of tracking the SDGs;
- Integration of the SDGs into the companies’ information system;
- The reporting of corporate social responsibility (CSR) information in the framework of the SDG compass;
- The integration of SDG-related objectives into the companies’ performance evaluation system;
- Market opportunities from SDG-related strategies;
- The SDGs as a guide for investments and new business opportunities;
- The SDGs as a guide for reducing costs and risks;
- Capital markets and the SDGs.
All methodologies and research approaches (e.g., conceptual, empirical, and case studies) are welcome.
Prof. Dr. Beatriz Aibar-Guzmán
Prof. Dr. Cristina Aibar-Guzmán
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Sustainable Development Goals
- 2030 Agenda
- SDG compass
- SDG reporting
- sustainable development
- corporate social responsibility
- business trategy
- strategic change
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Planned paper 1
Title: Supply chains’ failure in workers’ rights with regards to SDG compass: A doughnut theory perspective
Author: Maryam Lotfi
Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University, UK
Many supply chains have pledged to prevent the violence in workers’ right as part of social sustainability with regards to SDG compass in their far-flung supply chains. This paper provides a way to understand why supply chain fails to overcome the violence in workers’ rights. Taking the lens of doughnut theory, the paper concludes that supply chains have shortfalls in all aspects of the social foundation when it comes to workers as one of their main stakeholders. Until supply chains are unsuccessful in overcoming all these shortfalls, moving to the next layer which is the safe and just space for all humans including workers is impossible.
Key words: Workers’ rights, SDG, Doughnut theory, supply chain, social sustainability
Planned paper 2
Type of Paper : Research Paper
Tentative Title: Is the Indonesian Village Fund Effective and Aligned with Achieving the SDGs?
Authors: Paulina Permatasari, Irwanda Wisnu Wardhana, Carol Tilt, Dian Lestari, Saiful Islam, Rita Helbra Tenrini, Arif Budi Rahman, Agunan Samosir, Assyifa Szami Ilman
Affiliations: Parahyangan Catholic University, Indonesia; Fiscal Policy Agency, Ministry of Finance Republic of Indonesia, Indonesia. University South of Australia, Australia; University of Indonesia
This study analyzes the Indonesian Village Fund (VF) Program by mapping each VF-related activity to all 17 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals); and then determines an SDG-based budget composition of the VF in 2018, 2019 and 2020. This study uses data from all villages in Indonesia, and is the most comprehensive study that addresses the knowledge gap between VF utilization and SDGs by analyzing the distribution of the use of the VF. The objectives of this paper are: (1) to provide the extent of VF usage to provide evidence on whether their utilization is aligned with targeted SDGs, and (2) to provide information about village activities that were funded by the VF that is linked to each SDG. The results from this analysis can be used to encourage the Government to socialize and provide an understanding of SDGs to village leaders.