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Why a different approach is needed to assess sector-level impact on SDGs

Agricultural machines and workers on a field in the evening sun.

The article used the agricultural sector as a case. Photo: bernardbodo via Canva.

A new study presents an evidence-based review approach for investors to assess sector-level impacts on individual Sustainable Goals (SDGs), and score these using a traffic-light system.

The new research is based on an assessment of scientific literature documenting the impacts of 81 economic sectors on 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The assessment was developed on behalf of the Swedish bank SEB to support equity investors in aligning their portfolios with the SDGs.

The study was developed by Centre researchers Sofia Maniatakou and Beatrice Crona and a research team from the Global Economics Dynamics and the Biosphere Programme at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and has been published in the Journal of Sustainable Finance and Investment.

The findings show that most economic activities negatively impact environmental goals and that natural resource extraction and harvesting sectors are primarily responsible for undermining the majority of SDGs.

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Published: 2024-05-31

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