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UNU-ESD Partnership Initiative and Corporate Governance for Sustainable Development


The mission of the United Nations University (UNU) is to contribute through research and capacity building, to efforts to resolve pressing global problems that are the concern of the United Nations, its Peoples and Member States. The University focuses its work within two thematic areas - Environment and Sustainable Development (ESD) and Peace and Governance. The UNU-ESD Public-Private Partnership Initiative (UPI) was founded in September 2006 under ESD in order to support and advance the University’s mission by facilitating partnerships with the private sector in a variety of research and capacity building projects. One important aim of the UPI’s is to make ESD research findings accessible to other sectors and the general public. In order to achieve this goal the UPI keeps up-to-date with the latest Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) issues and actively explores the circumstances under which companies might successfully involve in socially responsible behavior. The UPI thus strives to be a cutting-edge endeavour under ESD through which capacity building, research and training efforts are leveraged in cooperation with the private sector.

The UPI supports public-private partnerships because although corporate organizations are first and foremost economic instruments, there is today an increasingly important role for business to play in creating solutions to social, environmental and economic challenges. In order to seek out sustainable answers to some of the world’s most pressing needs, it is vital to understand and align the priorities of developing and developed nations, private and public organizations, and development and environment advocates. The UPI is founded on the conviction that one way to achieve such an alignment is to create open and durable partnerships across sectors and nations.

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