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Unlocking Early-Stage Financing for SDG Partnerships

September 9, 2022

This report aims to help commercially driven partnerships, grant funders and investors more effectively drive transformative Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) action by highlighting new approaches to finance. It is a follow-on publication to A Time for Transformative Partnerships, a World Resources Institute (WRI) report that identified the key success factors of transformative partnerships.As the world confronts challenges like urban growth, reliance on fossil fuels, water scarcity and more, a timely new report from WRI examines how innovative approaches to investing can support partnerships and the transition to a more sustainable economy. The report identifies gaps in financing and key recommendations intended to help achieve the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals through commercially-driven partnerships. While there has been immense growth in the number of multi-stakeholder partnerships that are commercially-focused, this report focuses on how to ensure partnerships with real transformation potential are long-lasting and well-funded to make a positive impact. It outlines four key recommendations for partnerships and funders to overcome these barriers and unlock environmental, social and financial rewards.

Performance-Based Specifications: Exploring When They Work and Why

September 1, 2014

There is extensive research and attention on innovation and sustainable public procurement (SPP) in the European Union at present, with the 2014 revision of the Procurement Directives, the Innovation Union strategy and other European Union policy initiatives. This report seeks to contribute to this discussion through the investigation of the use of performance based specifications (PBSs) in public procurement in the European Union and the United States. The report outlines the benefits and limitations of the use of PBSs, even in the most "progressive" public procurement environments, such as the Netherlands, particularly around their ability to support sustainable development goals and deliver environmental benefits for a procuring authority, such as energy and resource efficiency. Additionally, this report aims to identify the sectors in which the enabling conditions for the successful use of PBSs in public procurement are in place and to understand what policies and regulations are needed to promote the use of PBSs in public tenders and public procurement framework agreements.

Guidelines for Identifying Business Risks and Opportunities Arising From Ecosystem Change

February 7, 2012

Outlines the Corporate Ecosystem Services Review, a methodology to help businesses develop strategies for managing operational, regulatory, reputational, market, and financing risks and opportunities arising from their dependence and impact on ecosystems.

Ecosystem Services: A Guide for Decision Makers

March 5, 2008

Offers an approach to decision-making that reconciles conservation with development goals through multiple-use ecosystem management, ecosystem restoration, and conservation planning. Details steps for assessing risks, priorities, conditions, and costs.