Policy Brief: Governance & Rule of Law
Good governance and the rule of law are essential preconditions for the fulfillment of the 2030 Development Agenda and the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) because they are prerequisites for peace and stability, without which societies cannot function, let alone flourish. The commitment to transparency and accountability inherent in good governance promotes the rule of law over corruption, allowing the many benefits of other sustainable development initiatives and economic inputs to reach those in society who most need to benefit from them.
Business needs the stability and predictability of good governance to put down roots and flourish, stimulating growth and economic opportunities for others. Good governance is also an essential attribute of a profitable, sustainable and responsible business enterprise. Securing the ‘license to operate’ and sustained growth require transparency and accountability in both business relationships with other enterprises and partnerships undertaken with government and civil society partners.
Policy Brief: Infrastructure
Investment in infrastructure of all kinds – physical assets (e.g., roads and bridges) as well as sustainable solutions for the delivery of reliable energy, clean water, communications, logistics and mobility – will be key to achieving the proposed U.N. Sustainable Development Goals and their core mission of poverty reduction. Business, including the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) industry, has a stake in and role in providing quality infrastructure, whether built or “human” and ensuring that it is responsive to societal needs and economic growth imperatives. Further development of the SDGs and their support and implementation should reflect an integrated interpretation of what infrastructure consists of, how it is best planned and managed at local, national and regional levels, and the importance of improved collaboration among private and public sector actors. USCIB encourages governments and the international community to engage with business on the opportunities and enabling frameworks to strengthen access and inclusiveness, resilience, and “smart” and other innovation-related aspects of infrastructure investment and delivery as part of the U.N. 2030 Development Agenda.