Swedish Leadership for Sustainable Development is a network taking leadership and pursuing sustainable development. The network consists of 26 multinational and leading Swedish companies, three expert organisations, a Development Finance Institution (Swedfund) and the Swedish Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), which is also a facilitator. Together the members work to contribute to the SDGs and demonstrate leadership for sustainable global development by integrating social, environmental and economic sustainability into their business models and core operations. In 2015 the members embraced a Joint Commitment and pledged to focus efforts on three main areas: Systematically reducing environmental impact and increasing efficient resource use (SDG 12), creating decent jobs and development opportunities, along the supply chain (SDG 8), and fighting corruption and unethical business practices in the countries of operation (SDG 16). In addition, the promotion of gender equality (SDG 5) in all operations is considered key.
The network is a platform where experiences are shared, partnerships initiated and members pursue advocacy and representation in the global dialogue, in order to highlight the role of the private sector in sustainable development. The network is an important forum for issues of sustainable development, as well as a breeding ground for innovative collaborations.
The majority of the network members, through the voluntary statement commit to address the interlinkages between their core operations on land with the sea and, in doing so, systematically minimizing the negative environmental impact related to SDG 14. The statement represents the fundamental role of the private sector for achieving the Global Goals.