UNDP leads the UN development system in nearly 170 countries and territories connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.
The 2030 Agenda provides an opportunity to address the persistent challenges of poverty and sustainable development, and requires new development solutions for a more prosperous and secure world.
UNDP’s goal is to enable public and private actors to become transformative partners in the eradication of extreme poverty, reduction of inequality and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Ranked the most transparent organization in the world by the independent Aid Transparency Index and one of the highest ranked multilateral agencies for value-for-money by AidData – UNDP’s core values, expertise and field presence make it a key partner in facilitating collective action for SDG implementation.
By working with UNDP, private partners can gain brand reputation, influence, and be part of global and local business solutions for sustainable development.
Private sector partners can contribute to UNDP’s work, including in the following areas:
a) Sustainable development and poverty eradication – targeting the drivers of poverty, promoting jobs and livelihood opportunities, identifying solutions for migration, displacement, and financing long-term environmental sustainability.
b) Climate change and disaster risk reduction – supporting countries’ capacity to mitigate and adapt to climate change, energy efficiency, and reducing disaster risk.
c) Governance for peaceful and inclusive societies – promoting democratic governance systems, and fostering investments in conflict analysis and conflict prevention.
d) Emergency development response to crisis and recovery – rebuilding livelihoods through socioeconomic recovery, restoring core government functions, and coordinating the UN System work for early recovery.
Companies that introduce sustainability into their business models are profitable and successful, with positive returns on capital in terms of reduced risk, diversification of markets and portfolios, increased revenue, reduced costs, and improved value of products.
The private sector is increasingly adopting social and environmental goals as core business values, and there is agreement among business, government and civil society that the 2030 Agenda can only be met with public and private investments.
UNDP’s cooperation with the private sector is twofold:
a) Private sector development through policy, capacity and institution building interventions for inclusive markets that result in expanded choices, opportunities, and benefits for the poor as producers, consumers, and wage earners at various points along value chains.
b) Private sector engagement, where the private sector collaborates with UNDP in advancing the sustainable development agenda by supporting UNDP initiatives or co-creating development solutions for SDG implementation.
Types of private sector engagements with UNDP
a) Advocacy engagements –UNDP partners with business to convene private sector platforms for joint advocacy to bring about a change in the external environment on issues of common interest.
b) Creating shared value through inclusive business – UNDP supports businesses develop products or services that benefit low-income groups and/or support value chain activities that enable low-income economic actors to provide goods or services that the business will procure.
c) Resource contributions to UNDP initiatives – Private sector entities can make a financial, and or pro-bono (goods and services) contribution to a UNDP programme or project.
d) Co-designing innovative solutions – UNDP partners with businesses to identify and provide solutions to development challenges, including support to local sourcing, creation of jobs, and rebuilding of livelihoods.
e) Innovative financing – UNDP works with public and private actors to test new partnership models through impact investment and blended finance for sustainable business solutions to the SDGs.
Strategy Note | UNDP’s Private Sector and Foundations Strategy for the Sustainable Development Goals 2016-2020 can be accessed hereFurther guidelines
- UN Guidelines on Pro-Bono Goods and Services, 2006
- Guidelines on a principle-based Approach to the cooperation between the United Nations and the business sector, 2015
- UNDP Policy for Due Diligence and Partnerships with the Private Sector (2013)
Advocacy of global issues; Business opportunities in low income communities/countries ; Project funding; Provision of goods; Provision of services / personnel; Standards and guidelines developmentSustainable Development Goals
1. No poverty; 2. Zero hunger; 4. Quality education; 5. Gender equality; 6. Clean water and sanitation; 7. Affordable and clean energy; 8. Decent work and economic growth; 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure; 10. Reduced inequalities; 11. Sustainable cities and communities; 12. Responsible consumption and production; 13. Climate action; 14. Life below water; 15. Life on land; 16. Peace, justice and strong institutionsIssue areas
Anti-Corruption; Biodiversity; Child Labour; Climate Change; Education; Energy; Food and Agriculture; Forced Labour; Gender Equality; Health; Human Rights; Human Trafficking; Indigenous Peoples; Labour; Migrant Workers; Peace; Persons with Disabilities; Poverty; Principle 1; Principle 10; Principle 2; Principle 3; Principle 4; Principle 5; Principle 6; Principle 7; Principle 8; Principle 9; Rule of Law; Water and Sanitation; Women's EmpowermentRegions / countries / territories
Automobiles & Parts; Banks; Basic Resources; Chemicals; Financial Services; Food & Beverage; Health Care; Industrial Goods & Services; Industrial Goods & Services - Support Services; Insurance; Media; Oil & Gas; Other; Personal & Household Goods; Technology; Telecommunications; Travel & Leisure; Utilities