We are pleased to announce that the SDG 16 report, entitled “Business and Peace: How the Private Sector can Contribute to SDG 16”, will be launched at a special event at the United Nations on November 3, 2017. http://www.sdgfund.org/launch-report-business-and-sdg-16
The report examines the ethical and practical principles surrounding the private sector’s role in fulfilling SDG 16’s vision of peaceful and just societies, and then offers innumerable examples of constructive private sector action in various countries on various issues. SDG 16 is not just about the phenomenon of war, and it is not just a stand-alone aspiration detached from the SDGs as a matrixed set. Rather, SDG 16 envisions societies in which the private sector uses its resources and influence to help establish and maintain institutional infrastructure dedicated to the fair administration of justice (within companies as well as without), the suppression of corruption, and the inclusion of diverse people and groups in a collaboration aimed at societal stability. All of these objectives combine to suppress violence by ameliorating the conditions and desperations that cause it, and by offering credible and legitimate peaceful methods of dispute resolution.
This has been a major participatory project for LHF, and one that will certainly lead to wider public awareness of the centrality of the rule of law to societal advancement and violence reduction. Although focused on the private sector, the final report may well be the first to explore to depict in detail the “mental model” behind SDG 16 in all its facets. We will post the report here after the launch.