Title: Competitiviness and Sustainable Development Goals
Authors: ANDREONI ValeriaMIOLA Apollonia
Publisher: Publications Office of the European Union
Publication Year: 2016
JRC N°: JRC103576
ISBN: 978-92-79-64533-4
ISSN: 1831-9424
Other Identifiers: EUR 28316 EN
OP LB-NA-28316-EN-N
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC103576
DOI: 10.2788/64453
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the UN Member States, have been specifically proposed to address some of the main socio-environmental and economic problems affecting developed and developing countries. Based on and expanding the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which were established in 2001 and expired at the end of 2015, the SDGs will be used to frame the political agenda over the next 15 years. Composed of 17 goals and 169 targets, and selected by a participative and diplomatic process of stakeholder consultation, the SDGs aim to improve the lives of present and future generations within a framework of equity, inclusion and sustainability. By identifying a set of priorities and establishing time-bound and measurable objectives, the goals and targets aim to establish specific political agendas and increase global awareness of the socio-economic and environmental issues. Within this context, the multidimensional framework that characterises the SDGs aims to address a large set of interrelated objectives. Synergies and trade-offs can, however, exist and policies that are oriented to address a specific problem can result in consequences for other sustainability dimensions. An example of this is competitiveness: this is generally defined by economic variables and can be described as a productivity increase or an improvement in the market share of a particular company or nation. Competitiveness, however, is also related to socio-environmental variables and a specific socio- environmental context or regulation can influence competitiveness both in the short term and in the long term. By addressing a large set of socio-environmental and economic problems, the SDGs are expected to have impacts on the competitiveness of companies and nations. Within this context, the main objective of this report is to identify the links between the concept of competitiveness and the goals and targets established in the SDGs. The analysis of the possible connections and the identification of indicators that can track the impacts that sustainability strategies could have on competitiveness will be useful to increase the effectiveness of the SDGs and to reduce the costs of policies.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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