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China and the UN SDGs - National targets, Progress Assessment, and How MNCs Can Align Business Strategies for China

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Xi Jinping’s speech at the recent 19th Party Congress has emphasized the important role sustainable development imperatives—both from an environmental as well as from a social governance viewpoint—are going to play in Chinese policy making going forward. But for most businesses in China, directly addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is unchartered territory. This report helps companies understand and prioritize the SDGs in the context of China’s ongoing and new sustainable development policy priorities. It assesses the roadmaps Chinese policy makers have outlined to achieve the SDGs and identifies areas most viable for business engagement. The report explores how aligning corporate sustainability programs with strategic national policy initiatives can lead to greater impact and business value creation and provides practical guidance on how to use the SDGs as guideposts to set company-specific priorities and goals to effectively address sustainability challenges in China.

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