Redefining the Role of Business to Achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals

Redefining the Role of Business to Achieve UN Sustainable Development Goals

This month, as the UN launches its new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we must look to the private sector for leadership in achieving them. Business is uniquely equipped to deliver innovative changes on a large scale, develop best practices that others can adopt, and build momentum toward sweeping progress.

This will not be easy. In fact, it will require a fundamental reevaluation of business’s role in society. Companies – particularly those with global reach – will need to take more and more responsibility for areas traditionally outside their missions and balance sheets.

At The Dow Chemical Company, we understand that capitalism can make a positive difference for all of the world’s 7 billion people. Earlier this year, we launched our own ambitious 2025 Sustainability Goals, which address each of the UN SDGs and will incorporate the value of nature and society into all of our business decisions.

Dow’s goals, like the UN’s goals, are not merely business as usual. They will lead us to transformative change. By working together, at the intersections of business, government, and civil society, we can leverage the best of what each of us has to offer – and help create a better world.

Andrew N. Liveris
President, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
The Dow Chemical Company