Nuno Moreira da Cruz
Integrating SDGS into business strategy, SDG#16- Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
As described in my blog entry February 3rd, I am referring, on a weekly basis, to each of the SDGs: facts, targets, and how could companies be engaged. This week is about SDG#16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Among the institutions most affected by corruption are the judiciary and police.
Corruption, bribery, theft and tax evasion cost some US $1.26 trillion for developing countries per year; this amount of money could be used to lift those who are living on less than $1.25 a day above $1.25 for at least six years
Approximately 28.5 million primary school age who are out of school live in conflict-affected areas.
The proportion of prisoners held in detention without sentencing has remained almost constant in the last decade, at 31% of all prisoners.
Violence against children affects more than 1 billion children around the world and costs societies up to US$ 7 trillion a year.
50% of the world’s children experience violence every year.
Every 5 minutes, somewhere in the world, a child is killed by violence
1 in 10 children is sexually abused before the age of 18.
1 in 3 internet users worldwide is a child and 800 million of them use social media. Any child can become a victim of online violence.
Child online sexual abuse reports to NCMEC has grown from 1 million in 2014 to 45 million in 2018.
246 million children worldwide affected by school-related violence each year.
There are 12 targets which details can be found here:
A number of examples can be mentioned, actions that companies could consider to help achieve this SDG:
Comply with laws and seek to meet international standards; require and support business partners to do the same.
Commit to and implement conflict-sensitive, lawful and transparent operational policies and practices, including on human resources, public and corporate procurement, and in the value chain more generally.
Conduct risk and impact assessments to identify and mitigate risks of contributing to corruption, violence and conflict, and weakening of the rule of law and identify opportunities for positive impacts.
Engage in public-private dialogues, partnerships and collective action in conflict prevention, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, anti-corruption and the rule of law.