Episode 15

#15 Corporate Sustainability the Decade of Action

This January marked the commencement of the "Decade of Action"--the final 10 year period to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals. With the global finance gap to achieve the SDGs in the trillions, one question that has emerged is: how can the private sector generally, and corporate brands with global scale in particular, play a role in driving achievement of the SDGs? And how can business models for major corporate brands align with sustainable development, notably in the world's least developed countries?

As the first corporate guest of the Capital Musings podcast, we welcomed Ezgi Barcenas—Global Vice President of Sustainability with ABInBev—to the show. Ezgi discussed how the world's largest brewer has taken on the task of incubating scalable sustainability solutions, the reasoning for the corporation's sustainability agenda, and how the company repurposed its resources to respond to COVID-19. She also discusses the role that individual consumers can play in advancing the SDGs. 

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The UN Capital Development Fund makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 45 least developed countries (LDCs).

UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development.

UNCDF pursues innovative financing solutions through: (1) financial inclusion, which expands the opportunities for individuals, households, and small and medium-sized enterprises to participate in the local economy, while also providing differentiated products for women and men so they can climb out of poverty and manage their financial lives; (2) local development finance, which shows how fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance can drive public and private funding that underpins local economic expansion, women’s economic empowerment, climate adaptation, and sustainable development; and (3) a least developed countries investment platform that deploys a tailored set of financial instruments to a growing pipeline of impactful projects in the “missing middle.’’