The Sustainable Development Goals and Information and Communication Technologies

Jones, Peter and Wynn, Martin G and Hillier, David and Comfort, Daphne (2017) The Sustainable Development Goals and Information and Communication Technologies. Indonesian Journal of Sustainability Accounting and Management, 1 (1). pp. 1-15. ISSN 2597-6214

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Abstract

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a wide range of global sustainable development targets for the environment, society and economy and they were launched by the United Nations in 2015. In launching the SDGs, the United Nations called on all member states to embrace what are an ambitious and demanding set of challenges but it also emphasised the vital role that businesses, would have to play if these challenges were to be met. The aim of this preliminary commentary paper is to review a number of the ways the Information Communication and Technology industry believes it can contribute to the achievement of the SDGs. The paper outlines the characteristics of the concept of sustainable development and how ICT relates to sustainable development, reviews a number of theways two leading ICT companies, namely Ericsson andMicrosoft and two industry bodies, namely the GSMA which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative, believe they can contribute to the achievement of the SDGs. The paper also examines some of the challenges the industry may face in making such a contribution and offers some reflections on the role of ICT in promoting the transition to a more sustainable future for people and the planet.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainable development goals; Information and communication technologies; Business engagement; Stakeholders; External assurance; Economic growth
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business > HF5717 Business communication
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Business School > Business and Human Resource Management
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business Research
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2017 10:24
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2017 18:28
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/5148

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