The quest for achieving United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs): Infrastructure and innovation for Responsible production and consumption

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JournalRAUSP Management Journal
DateAccepted/In press - 7 May 2019
DatePublished (current) - 12 Jun 2019
Pages (from-to)1-13
Original languageEnglish


Purpose: This paper aims to provide some insights on how progress towards United Nations Sustainability Development Goals – SDGs- can be achieved by organisations. The focus is on two different contexts of UK and Brazil with a specific focus on SDG 9: “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation” and SDG 12: “Responsible consumption and production”.
Design/methodology/approach: This is a viewpoint paper with drawing from literature mainly from UN documents, UK and Brazilian governments and practitioner publications.
Findings: A future research agenda is proposed, with four suggestions: (1) understand the context of SDGs, (2) Prioritise SDGs according to sector, (3) develop a common language, (4) Better understand how digital technologies can help sustainability and (5) system thinking application to SDGs.
Research limitations/implications: The paper provides a viewpoint, so one of the limitations is that no data that has been specifically collected or analysed for the questions proposed. Nevertheless, it provides a good discussion point.
Practical implications: The implications to practice, managers can place their own practical experience on progress towards SDGs with the future research agenda proposed in this paper.
Social implications: SDGs are concerned with all aspects of sustainability including social development. This paper provides some insights on the different context that develop and developing countries observe.
Originality/value: This paper highlights the potential different challenges and opportunities that the implementation of SDGs 9 and 12 poses in both developed and developing economies.

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  • SDGs, Sustainability, Responsible production and consumption, Innovation

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