The Inter-American Institute (IAI) for Global Change Research has released a video series to inspire new thinking and discussions around the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the short clips, which are available online, leading researchers at the IAI talk about topics ranging from poverty to clean water and sustainable cities. The IAI acts as the Future Earth Regional Centre for Latin-America and the Caribbean, which facilitates sustainability research throughout the region.

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Although the UN Sustainable Development Goals are national goals, some of our clients are already actively exploring what the SDG “mean” when translated into actionable business activities.


In one industry for instance, guidance comes from an industry association guideline that looks at each goal and relates it to business risk. For instance, Goal number four, quality education, presents a material risk to industries that rely on a workforce educated in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Therefore it may make sense to focus on promoting educational efforts that focus on STEM to create a pipeline of talent to mitigate the risk of a talent shortage.


If your company wants to get traction in sustainability, the SDG provide lenses through which risks can be identified that pertain to your business. Once you’ve identified areas of risk then it is time to figure out how you want to shape your business response.