SDG 17: Partnerships for the goals

The sustainable development goals can only be realized with strong global partnerships and cooperation. The final sustainable development goal in our SDG Series is about just that: “Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development” (SDG compass, 2015).

The focus of SDG 17

SDG 17 seeks to strengthen global partnerships to support and achieve the ambitious targets of the 2030 Agenda, bringing together national governments, the international community, civil society, the private sector and other actors (SDG Knowledge Platform, 2019). SDG 17 reflects a holistic approach to the means of implementation for the 2030 Agenda, including 19 targets that span finance, technology, capacity-building, trade and systemic issues. In addition, the means of implementation are integrated across the other Goals through dedicated targets, underlining their cross-cutting nature (UN High Level Political Forum on the SDGs, 2018).

Partnerships and PRME Week at La Trobe Business School

As we work towards building a more sustainable world we cannot work in isolation. Partnerships are necessary to ensure long term success. However, the partnership model may be problematic, with issues arising such as co-option and abuse of power. Differences between actors can also lengthen the journey and make the measure of success difficult to determine. Hence, LBS has drawn on its various networks to turn the spotlight on partnerships and SDG 17 over a week of UN PRME-related activities this month.

CR3+ Conference 24-25 October

CR3+ is a collaborative initiative of four PRME champions: Audencia Business School (France), Hanken School of Economics (Finland) and ISAE Brazilian Business School (Brazil) and La Trobe Business School (Australia). These champions have been working together since 2008, with the aim to exchange ideas, pedagogical processes, curriculum and research in the area of corporative responsibility.

Working in conjunction with PRME champions, The La Trobe Business School is hosting a two-day conference on the topic ‘Using dialogue to build partnerships for sustainability’ from the 24th to 25th October 2019. The conference explores how partnerships can bring about sustainable solutions as we work together on progressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Australia/New Zealand PRME Chapter Meeting – 26 October

The day after the conference, fifteen regional PRME Chapters are coming together to help advance the Six Principles (i.e. purpose, values, method, research, partnership and dialogue [link]) within a particular geographic context, rooting PRME in different national, regional, cultural, and linguistic landscapes. They function as platforms for localized engagement from higher education institutions, and in cooperation with Global Compact Local Networks, and can develop projects and initiatives that support the Sustainable Development Goals regionally (UN PRME, 2019).

The theme of this year’s chapter meeting is ‘Students as Partners’. In addition to representatives from Australian and New Zealand business schools, 11 students will be attending the meeting this year. These students are having input into the program for the day and will be actively involved in the discussions on the day.

4th PRME Champions Meeting for the 2018/2019 Cycle

After meeting with the regional PRME Chapters, there is a PRME Champions Meeting. The PRME Champions group is made up of 40 business schools from all continents, with the aim of developing a blueprint for embedding the PRME principles and Sustainable Development Goals across three key areas – research, teaching and partnerships. The meeting in Melbourne is the culmination of the 2-year PRME Champions Cycle, with a focus on partnerships for sustainable development.  Once completed in 2020, the blueprint will then be shared across the 750+ PRME business schools across the world.

A key output from the meeting will be the development of the partnership element of the blueprint, highlighting best practice, the role of multiple voices (Indigenous approaches to partnerships is a key sub-theme of the meeting) and some of the challenges facing multi-sector partnerships.

SDG Videos

Because the last SDG is about partnerships, there is not one, but there are three videos from different CR3+ partners. In each video, Associate Professor Martin Fougere from Hanken School of Economics introduces particular SDG 17 targets and the CR3+ partner(s) that illustrate how their university is working on these targets.

The targets that are being discussed in the videos are:

  • 17.6 – Knowledge sharing and cooperation for access to science, technology and innovation
  • 17.9 – Enhance SDG capacity in developing countries
  • 17.16 – Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development
  • 17.17 – Encourage effective partnerships

The first video shows Patricia Guérin from Audencia Business School. Patricia discusses how the university’s partnership with the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Planète Urgence and particularly its “solidarity leave” volunteering scheme works towards targets 17.9 and 17.17.

The second video looks into targets 17.16 and 17.17 and shows representatives from both La Trobe Business School and Hanken School of Economics. Professor Suzanne Young and Dr Swati Nagpal discuss LBS workshops that are being organised for capacity building in connection with different SDGs. Associate Professor Pia Polsa from Hanken School of Economics talks about the CORE project the university is part of. The project is funded by Strategic Research Council at the Academy of Finland, and studies and develops collaborative action in environmental planning and decision-making.

The third video shows Professor Cleverson Andreoli from ISAE Brazilian Business School and focuses on targets 17.6 and 17.7. Cleverson talks about the National Institute of Science and technology for Sustainable Sewage Treatment Plants (INCT), a cooperative network that focuses on issues related to sanitation in Brasil, and the research that ISAE and other Brazilian universities conduct in this area.

If you would like access to the full videos to use in your teaching, please contact Dr Swati Nagpal.

This blog is part of the SDG Series, a series that focuses on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations, in the lead up to the CR3+ Conference in October 2019.

More blogs in the SDG Series:

- An introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals
- SDG Series: Sustainable Development Goal 1
- SDG Series: Sustainable Development Goal 2
- SDG Series: Sustainable Development Goal 3
- SDG Series: Sustainable Development Goal 4
- SDG Series: Sustainable Development Goal 5
- SDG Series: Sustainable Development Goal 6
- SDG Series: Sustainable Development Goal 7
- SDG Series: Sustainable Development Goal 8
- SDG Series: Sustainable Development Goal 9
- SDG Series: Sustainable Development Goal 10
- SDG Series: Sustainable Development Goal 11
- SDG Series: Sustainable Development Goal 12
- SDG Series: Sustainable Development Goal 13
- SDG Series: Sustainable Development Goal 14
- SDG Series: Sustainable Development Goal 15
- SDG Series: Sustainable Development Goal 16