• 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

Facts:

  • 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.

Targets

There are 12 targets which details can be found here:

https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/peace-justice/

Companies engagement:

  • 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.