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SDG Business Forum
In July the 2017 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Business Forum recognised the critical role of business in delivering on the promise of sustainable and inclusive development. In this article, we elaborate on the SDG business case, and how businesses can engage with the SDG framework; driving business growth and productivity, whilst contributing to the better world envisaged by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Elsevier,

World Development, Volume 96, August 2017, Pages 359-374

This article reviews the evidence and outcomes of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) Schemes in achieving environmental objectives and socio-economic co-benefits in varying contexts. These schemes, which offer incentives to land users to protect or enhance environmental or ecological services, are subject to refreshed analysis in this article. SDG 15 targets A and B are specifically concerned with financial incentives for environmental protection and conservation.
SDG 17 is concerned with official development assistance and partnerships for the goals. This paper examines the tension that arises between foreign aid agencies delivering on their altruistic commitments whilst at the same time serving the national interests of donor governments.
Goal 5 target 5 is concerned with women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life. This study advances this target by studying gender diversity in medium to large organisations and asserts that diversity and equality management (DEM) systems are positively associated with performance and this relationship is moderated by lower to middle management gender diversity.
Elsevier,

Sustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments Volume 22, August 2017, Pages 92-105

This article provides a review on accessibility of energy and technologies to support health care facilities in the global south. It elaborates the criteria based on multi-disciplinary technology that address adaption of technology to suit the local community, social political factors and deployment of business model. Based on the technology assessment, a stable supply of energy in remote area to support health care facility needs is crucial. An onsite reliable energy system needs to be provided. It also summarises the assessment of the technologies for health care facilities. Efficient energy storage technologies are required in order to store electricity access during production peaks and provides electricity during production loss. The review supports SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy and SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.
2016 first prize winner of RELX Group Environmental Challenge, Loowatt, developed a waterless and energy-generating toilet system that is clean and odourless. Loowatt's patented core technology and luxury festival toilet business in the UK is helping to transform the lives of communities in Antananarivo, Madagascar's capital, through access to quality sanitation and job creation.
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The RELX Group Environmental Challenge, with a $50,000 prize for the first place entry and a $25,000 prize for the second place entry, is awarded to projects that provide sustainable access to safe water where it is presently at risk and/or access to improved sanitation. This directly assists SDG 6.1 and 6.2 to achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water and access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene, for all. Find out more about the 2017 winners.
Businesses with a year-end of 31 March 2016 were the first ones required to publish their modern slavery and human trafficking statements to comply with the UK Modern Slavery Act. One year later, several reports have measured and scrutinised the quality of businesses' modern slavery statements. SDG target 8.7 is to take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms.
To mark US Independence Day 2017, LexisNexis Legal & Professional has released new data for 98 countries indicating that the stronger a country’s rule of law, the greater it performs against measures of life expectancy, civil liberty, and happiness. This helps to demonstrate how SDG 16 Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions underpins all of the SDGs.
Maternal mortality remains a major health challenge facing developing countries, with pre-eclampsia accounting for up to 17% of maternal deaths. Diagnosis requires skilled health providers and devices that are appropriate for low-resource settings. This study presents the first cost-effectiveness analysis of multiple medical devices used to diagnose pre-eclampsia in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

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