Assessing Sectoral Impacts on SDGs: A New Evidence-Based Review Method and Case Study Analysis of the Agricultural Sector

Using scientific principles to create a strategy for investing in sector-level Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Economic sectors have a significant impact on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but evaluating their effects can be challenging. A new study proposes an evidence-based review method for assessing sector-level impacts on individual SDGs. The authors assign scores using a traffic-light system, analyzing the impacts of 81 economic sectors on SDGs 1-16.

The research reveals that most economic sectors have a negative impact on environmental SDGs, with primary sector activities impacting the highest number of SDGs. To demonstrate the spillover effects resulting from interactions between SDGs, the authors use Causal Loop methodology in the agricultural sector as a case study. Their findings highlight the importance of understanding ‘impact shadows,’ the interconnectedness of SDGs, and the hierarchical nature of goals for sustainable investment strategies.

The study emphasizes that investors must consider the broader effects of their investments on the SDGs. By taking into account how different sectors influence multiple goals, investors can make more informed and responsible decisions that contribute to sustainable development objectives. Overall, this research provides valuable insights for investors looking to align their investments with sustainable development goals and create a more sustainable future.

Economic sectors have a significant impact on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but evaluating their effects can be challenging. A new study proposes an evidence-based review method for assessing sector-level impacts on individual SDGs. The authors assign scores using a traffic-light system, analyzing the impacts of 81 economic sectors on SDGs 1-16. The research reveals…

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