International Business and the SDGs: Current Issues and Future Directions

Pervez Ghauri, Faith Hatani, Yingying Zhang-Zhang, Sylvia Rohlfer, Maoliang Bu

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Sustainable development is a central issue for the world economy today. The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are associated with both responsible business practices and strategic orientation for competitive advantages. While most multinational enterprises (MNEs) want to ensure that their businesses will maintain or even enhance sustainability across borders, they face enormous challenges, often due to a lack of capabilities and inefficient institutions in host countries. In the nexus between the SDGs and international business (IB) research, the contexts of emerging markets and developing countries have particular significance, because they impose complex constraints on the achievement of the SDGs. At the same time, there is a high potential for MNEs to have positive effects internationally through their sustainable practices. This chapter discusses the recent trend in IB research on sustainability by showcasing current issues addressing several interrelated SDGs. The exemplary topics touch upon child labor, innovation for social sustainability, challenges in the green transition, MNE activities associated with the pollution haven, and health and safety concerns in global supply chains. The discussion cuts across various contextual settings and calls for actions by all stakeholders, including business entities, governments, and scholars.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Business and Sustainable Development Goals
EditorsRob van Tulder, Elisa Giuliani, Isabel Álvarez
Number of pages14
Place of PublicationBingley
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing
Publication date2023
ISBN (Print)9781837535057
ISBN (Electronic)9781837535040, 9781837535064
Publication statusPublished - 2023
SeriesProgress in International Business Research


  • MNEs
  • Sustainable development goals
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Emerging markets
  • Developing countries
  • Green transition
  • Responsible business

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