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The Role of Multinational Enterprises in Supporting the United Nations' SDGs

9781802202403 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by John R. McIntyre, Professor and Executive Director, CIBER, Scheller College of Business, Georgia Institute of Technology, US, Silvester Ivanaj, Professor, ICN Business School and researcher, CEREFIGE and Vera Ivanaj, Associate Professor, ENSIC and researcher, CEREFIGE, Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France
Publication Date: July 2022 ISBN: 978 1 80220 240 3 Extent: 392 pp
The Role of Multinational Enterprises in Supporting the United Nations’ SDGs is an exploration of the place of the private sector in implementing select Sustainable Development Goals. Beyond the abundant literature published by the United Nations and journal articles, there are few book-length treatments of the unique role that multinationals play as facilitators of goal implementation and agents of change. This volume aims to stimulate debate and research on MNEs’ best practices, fleshing out many of the seventeen goals through the lens of corporate strategic choices.

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The Role of Multinational Enterprises in Supporting the United Nations’ SDGs is an exploration of the place of the private sector in implementing select Sustainable Development Goals. Beyond the abundant literature published by the United Nations and journal articles, there are few book-length treatments of the unique role that multinationals play as facilitators of goal implementation and agents of change. This volume aims to stimulate debate and research on MNEs’ best practices, fleshing out many of the seventeen goals through the lens of corporate strategic choices.

Sixteen carefully selected chapters present research advances in both study and best practices format, linking disciplines, knowledge systems, and stakeholders' perspectives to support a more sustainable business model and address the varied challenges on the road to the 2030 Agenda. They comprise a balanced mix of research methodologies: comprehensive literature reviews, theoretical frameworks, empirical studies, integrative reviews, and case studies.

The book will be of use to advanced students, researchers, practitioners, planners, and policymakers worldwide who are concerned with sustainable development and corporate social responsibility issues through the lens of multinationals. Furthermore, the book is designed to be used in graduate courses in business, economics, public policy and on sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
Critical Acclaim
‘While the United Nations adopted a clear set of Sustainable Development Goals around 2015, the likelihood of any country achieving all of these goals by the planned 2030 deadline seems highly unlikely. The reasons behind the slower than expected progress appear to be diverse and multi-cultural, making any type of scientific inquiry into it a major challenge. The editors of this book have taken on this challenge and provided one of the broadest and most comprehensive explanations to date. Their compilation of ideas and research from some of the top scholars around the world provides key insights for thought leaders seeking to accelerate the progress towards saving our planet.’
– Mark Ferguson, University of South Carolina, US
Contributors
Contributors include: Norita Ahmad, Aldo Alvarez-Risco, Salwa Beheiry, Shyla Del-Aguila-Arcentales, Jerome D. Donovan, Mine Doyran, Luis F. Escobar, Dina Frutos-Bencze, Paola Garrone, Thierry Houé, Silvester Ivanaj, Vera Ivanaj, Linzi J. Kemp, Marlene Leonhartsberger, Eryadi K. Masli, Angela McCabe, John R. McIntyre, Christof Miska, Eileen Murphy, Marc Oberhauser, Tom Osegowitsch, Lucia Piscitello, Agnes Pranugrahaning, Valentina Rotondi, Vittoria G. Scalera, Richard Schoephoerster, W. Travis Selmier II, Rama Seth, Pard Teekasap, Sophie Thalmayr, Cheree Topple, Susan Trenholm, Nancy H. Vaz, Duane Windsor, Lichia Yiu

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Contents

Foreword xix
Introduction to The Role of Multinational Enterprises in Supporting
the United Nations’ SDGs 1

PART I MNEs IMPLEMENTING SDGs: WHAT WE
KNOW AND WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE?
1 The research landscape of MNEs and SDGs: what we know
and what needs to be done? 14
Pard Teekasap and Dina Frutos-Bencze
2 Good intentions or good strategy? MNEs’ contributions to
sustainable development in developing countries 37
Marlene Leonhartsberger, Sophie Thalmayr, and Christof Miska
3 Multinational enterprises and gender equity in STEM 58
Salwa M. Beheiry, Norita Ahmad, Linzi J. Kemp, and Richard
T. Schoephoerster

PART II MNEs ALIGNING THEIR BUSINESS STRATEGY
WITH THE SDGs
4 The sustainability solution in MNEs: understanding the
impediments to its implementation 80
Luis F. Escobar
5 MNEs’ approach to contributing to the Sustainable
Development Goals – an exploratory study 101
Marc Oberhauser
6 The role of multinational enterprises in the textile and clothing
industry in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals:
barriers and opportunities for the future 117
Thierry Houé and Eileen Murphy
7 Aligning MNEs with SDGs: peace, justice, and strong institutions 132
Duane Windsor
8 Multinational enterprises and global strategies to collaborate
with SDG 2 and SDG 3 152
Aldo Alvarez-Risco and Shyla Del-Aguila-Arcentales
9 The contribution of multinational enterprises to the United
Nations’ SDGs: a review of corporate governance and
sustainability research 165
Mine Doyran

PART III MNEs IDENTIFYING THE BUSINESS
OPPORTUNITIES INHERENT IN THE SDGs
10 Leveraging business diplomacy 191
Lichia Yiu and Raymond Saner
11 Impact of legal enforcement of CSR on SDGs 217
Rama Seth
12 MNCs engaging with the SDGs: the role(s) of
non-government organisations 252
Tom Osegowitsch, Susan Trenholm, and Angela McCabe
13 Financial disciplining of extractive industries and the SDGs 274
W. Travis Selmier II
14 Corporate sustainability assessments as a tool for integrating
SDGs into MNE practices: an investigation into the financial
sector in Malaysia 296
Agnes Pranugrahaning, Jerome D. Donovan, Cheree Topple,
and Eryadi K. Masli
15 MNEs as catalysts of productive entrepreneurship: the case of Egypt 318
Paola Garrone, Lucia Piscitello, Valentina Rotondi, and
Vittoria G. Scalera
16 Green and sustainable development case for multinational enterprises 339
Nancy H. Vaz

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