Collaboration across business, governments, the UN, donors and NGOs is fundamental to delivering sustainable development and tackling climate change. Only by understanding our shared interest – a prosperous economy, a thriving society and a healthy environment – and by collectively applying the scale and diversity of resources brought by all sectors – from policy and investment through to capacity development and technical innovation – can we hope to ensure widescale, transformational change.
The essential need for multi-sectoral, collective action was institutionalised into both development and business agendas by the launch of the 2030 Agenda in 2015. Since then, global threats including climate breakdown, the energy crisis, societal inequality, pandemic and ill-health from obesity have further demonstrated how interlinked, complex and urgent are the challenges the world faces, and how all-of-society approaches are needed to tackle them.
In general, partnerships can happen whenever three key elements are in place: