Investing in the SDGs

Author: UNCTAD

Year Published: 2020

This standalone chapter of the UNCTAD World Investment Report 2020 identifies the gaps and challenges faced and the progress made in promoting investments for sustainable development, including an appraisal of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Section A reviews investment trends in developing countries in 10 key SDG sectors, including FDI and project finance. Section B provides an overview of global sustainability finance. Section C presents trends in environmental, social and governance (ESG) and SDG integration, and an analysis of gender reporting and policies in the world’s 5,000 largest companies, an important aspect of ESG integration. Section D presents the key findings of the first-ever global overview of the state of national and international investment policies in relation to the SDGs. The concluding section proposes a set of policy actions aimed at spurring further private sector investment in the SDGs at the dawn of the “decade of action and delivery” for the SDGs.