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Scaling Impact Investing The Opportunity for Social and Financial Returns

Two years ago, the United Nations General Assembly committed to achieving a universal series of metrics for progress in advancing conditions for “people, planet and prosperity.”
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are as ambitious as they are daunting: provide clean water and sanitation, quality education and affordable clean energy.
In short, the foundations for any good society.

What has been largely overlooked, however, is that the SDGs offer a pragmatic roadmap for effective business investment. For example, four areas reflected in these UN Global Goals – food and agriculture, cities, energy and materials, and health and well-being – represent opportunities for up to US$12 trillion a year in business savings and revenue, according to the Business and Sustainable Development Commission.