Now open for consultation: “Rethinking Impact to Finance the SDGs”, A Position Paper and Call to Action

24 July 2018

Geneva, 23 July, 2018 | The consultation version of “Rethinking Impact to Finance the SDGs”, a Position Paper and Call to Action prepared by the Positive Impact Initiative, is now available for feedback.

The Positive Impact Initiative is delighted to release the consultation version of “Rethinking Impact to Finance the SDGs”, for review. In sharing this version with experts and stakeholders in finance, and the corporate and public worlds and civil society – the aim is to further improve the paper by receiving and integrating targeted feedback, and to shape a meaningful Positive Impact Initiative going forward. Download the paper here and share your feedback via the dedicated feedback form.

“In this paper, we argue that the cost of achieving the SDGs can be significantly reduced and that private sector solutions can be significantly stepped up, via a new approach to public-private interaction based on an impact paradigm.” This is how our co-chairs Andrew Parry (Hermes Investment Management) and Denis Childs (Société Générale) summarize the main message of the “Rethinking Impact to Finance the SDGs” report.

Two years after the Positive Impact Manifesto that led to setting up the Positive Impact Initiative at UNEP FI, Rethinking Impact articulates the concepts of an impact-based economy. It explains the work undertaken so far to promote a common impact language, and extends an open invitation to design the way forward together.

Rethinking Impact is not just for financial institutions. It is for businesses, national and local public authorities, academia, civil society and everyday people. Only by working collaboratively across all stakeholder will the Global Sustainable Development Goals be achieved.

We are proud to have initiated this work with the kind support of WBCSD and to be presenting it in conjunction with our UN Alliance for SDG Finance partners, PRI and the UN Global Compact.

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The final paper will be released at the UNEP FI Global Roundtable in Paris, 26-28 November 2018.

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